Inquest into quarry lakes drowning

The Oxford Times: Bawsey Pits near Kings Lynn, Norfolk, where Ryan Pettengell died last July Bawsey Pits near Kings Lynn, Norfolk, where Ryan Pettengell died last July

An inquest into the death of a man who drowned while searching for a missing teenager at a beauty spot will be held today.

Ryan Pettengell, 41, of King's Lynn, and Umar Balogun, 16, from London, were recovered from Bawsey Pits quarry lakes near King's Lynn during a heatwave in July.

Friends who were with Mr Pettengell at the time later described how he had tried to swim out to an island to look for Umar after hearing he was missing.

Unknown to Mr Pettengell, Umar's body had already been found.

An inquest into Mr Pettengell's death will be held at Norwich Coroner's Court this afternoon.

The Bawsey Pits drownings were among a series of water-related deaths as temperatures soared across the UK.

In the same week a woman died while swimming in the sea in Cornwall and a man died after getting into difficulties while in a river on the Shropshire/North Wales border.

Swimming in the lakes, which are deep and thick with undergrowth, is banned, but the warning signs are ignored by many people.

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