Boy,11, dies after falling into Burnley canal

An 11 year old boy has died after falling into the canal in Burnley. Police got the call at around 7pm last night.

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Teacher pays tribute to canal death boy

Robbie Williamson

An 11-year-old boy who died after he fell in a canal in Burnley "always had a smile on his face", his headteacher said.

Robbie Williamson walked across a pipe on a canal bridge before he lost his balance and plunged into the water.

A passer-by jumped into the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Lowerhouse Lane and pulled the youngster out and he was given CPR before emergency services arrived.

The Year 7 pupil at Shuttleworth College in Padiham was then taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but later died.

Bob Wakefield, headteacher at Shuttleworth College, said: "Robbie was such a good lad who worked hard and always had a smile on his face. He was very popular with his classmates and was bursting with energy.

"He was very friendly and well-behaved, and when he came in to school he got on with things straightaway without any fuss.

"This is a terribly sad day for everyone in the school, and our thoughts are with Robbie's family at this very difficult time."


Boy died after falling into Burnley canal

Police say an eleven year old boy who died after falling into a canal in Burnley had been walking across a pipe and lost his balance.

A passer-by pulled the boy out of the water at Lowerhouse Lane and gave him CPR.

He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where he later died.

Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.


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