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“Absolutely Heartbreaking”: Devastating News Breaks Out Hours After 15-Year-Old Girl Gets Into Difficulty While Swimming, Leaving Netizens Saddened

Published 06/02/2023, 2:24 PM EDT

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A dip in a reservoir turned into a hazard, early in the noon, for two families. Two teenagers who went to take a dip in the Carr Mill Dam grappled for their lives, as one of them made it out safely, while the other did not. The reservoir is situated in St. Helens in Merseyside County and is the county’s largest body of inland water.

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A recreational afternoon turned into a horror story as a 15-year-old got into distress while swimming in the Carr Mill Dam. Unfortunately for the teenager, and her family, the rescue operation did not end happily.

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The site is a spot for locals to hang out, which is what two teenage girls planned to do on a fateful afternoon on Thursday, June 1. Around 12:30 pm, the emergency services answered a distress call over the safety of a teenager and rushed to the scene. Despite their best efforts, the rescue operations could not save the young girl.

After hours of searching, they were able to recover the lifeless body of Erin, a once lively and capable girl. According to ITV News, the police ruled out any foul play and concluded the death was a result of drowning. The officials have requested the residents, especially children, to not endanger their lives by swimming in the reservoir. Chief Inspector Holden from Merseyside Police Force said, “We know how tempting it can be to cool down in the water on a hot summers day, but we want to ensure that young people are equipped with the right knowledge to keep them safe around water.”


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Firefighters from the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service worked along with the police force and ambulance services, even taking the help of airborne and underwater drones. The rescue attempts were, sadly, unsuccessful. Needless to say, the teenager’s family and friends are heartbroken at her untimely demise. When the news broke out on social media, many gave their condolences.


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Netizens saddened at the untimely death of a teenager

The victim’s mother shared her heartache in a comment on the Liverpool council’s page. According to Manchester Evening News, Erin’s mother said, “This dam needs draining my daughter lost her life in there yesterday. How many more times does this need to keep happening to children until something is done.” When Granada Reports shared the news on their Facebook page, a viewer commented, “Absolutely heartbreaking. Thinking of the young girls family”.

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Another user sent their condolences to Erin’s family and friends, and said, “How heartbreaking my thoughts are with her family and friends. RIP sweet angel”. Someone also described the feeling of losing a near and dear one, and aptly said, “This is awful, thinking of her, her family and friends who must be very traumatised x”. We cannot know the pain and anguish Erin’s family and friends are facing right now, but we can only hope that may she rest in peace.

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Apoorva Behl

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Apoorva Behl is a sports writer for EssentiallySports. With a range that would make Bruce Lee proud, Apoorva’s writing embodies the philosophy of "Be Like Water," flowing seamlessly between a diverse range of sports and sensitive angles. Her articles are known to resonate with her audience, earning her a common spot on the Editor’s Pick list.

Edited By: Anupama Ghosh