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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK
Body of boy, nine, found in lake
Owen Day
Emergency services spent all night searching for Owen
Police searching for a nine-year-old boy who went missing after fishing on a lake have found his body.

Owen Day was last seen getting into difficulty in a stretch of water near Queen Elizabeth Road in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, at 1800 BST on Tuesday.

The boy, of Hillcrest Road, Nuneaton, was fishing with two others who went to find help.

His parents Colette and Dominic paid tribute to their son saying he loved fishing, his pet lizard and his family.

"Owen was well known and loved by everyone in the community," they said.

"Words cannot express how devastated we all are at the loss of our son through this tragic accident."

The lake at Camp Hill, Nuneaton
The lake was built last year to stop houses flooding

The tragedy is the third of its kind in the West Midlands this week, following two drowning incidents in Pelsall and Erdington, Birmingham, on Sunday evening.

In this latest incident, a police helicopter, specialist underwater search teams, two ambulance crews and the fire service spent the night searching for the Camp Hill Primary School pupil.

Two youngsters apparently entered the water but did not need hospital attention, the ambulance service said

A body was found on the bed of the lake at 0150 BST on Wednesday.

Not suspicious

The lake, which is about 200yds (182.88m) long and about 30yds (27.43m) across at its widest point, was extended last year to alleviate flooding problems in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton.

Swimming is prohibited at the pool, which is officially called Barpool Balancing Lake but is known locally as "the lake on Queenie".

A man walking his dog past the pool said he had seen the lake being dug out and estimated that it was about 10ft (3.05m) deep.

A police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious, adding that a report would be prepared for the coroner.


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Owen Day had gone on the fishing trip with his brother



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