Page last updated at 12:08 GMT, Wednesday, 15 April 2009 13:08 UK

Teenager dies in quarry accident

Boon's Quarry
Two boys went into the water to help

A teenager has died after falling off a cliff at a quarry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the 18-year-old was found at the bottom of the cliff in water at Boon's Quarry near Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

He was declared dead at the scene. Two boys who had been trying to help the teenager were treated for hypothermia and a third boy was treated for shock.

Ambulance crews praised the two boys who went into the water to try to help their friend.

Spokesman Murray McGregor said: "At least two of his friends have gone down to the waterside and gone into the water to try and help him.

Boat launched

"He appears to have disappeared and they have done everything they can to try to help him."

Police said it was thought the boy had been out with five male friends when he fell.

An ambulance spokesman said the service was called out to the quarry at Mancetter Road, Stockingford, at 1900 BST after getting a call saying a person had fallen off a cliff at a quarry and was missing.

The boy was pulled from the water but nothing could be done to save him, he said.

A fire service boat was used to take the patients and emergency service staff to a side of the quarry which was more accessible.

And a police helicopter was brought in to provide more light.

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