Boy drowns in holiday tragedy

An 11-year-old boy has died in hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea at a holiday resort.

Lincolnshire Police said the youngster was pronounced dead at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital after being rescued from the water off Mablethorpe at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

Inspector Phil Parkinson said: "It would appear that a young boy had got into some difficulty in the water and had been pulled from the sea. He was airlifted to hospital, but unfortunately he had has died."

It is understood that two passers-by dragged the 11-year-old - who was on holiday with his parents - on to the beach after being alerted by another boy who was shouting for help.

The name of the boy, who was not from the Lincolnshire area, will not be released until all relatives have been informed of the tragedy, Inspector Parkinson added.

A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said it appeared the youngster was paddling in the water when he was dragged out to sea.

He said: "He was wearing a blue swimsuit and was last seen at the water's edge. He was probably just paddling.

"You don't have to go out far and with conditions as they are you can soon be dragged away.

"We received two 999 calls, one from a member of the public and another from a member of the family."

The spokesman said a swell had built up in recent days due to strong winds and this had produced a strong undertow.