Following reports of a 14 year old boy getting into difficulty in North Met Lake, off Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt yesterday (Monday 8 August), emergency services have sadly recovered a body.
Police were called just before 5pm to report the teenager had not re-surfaced having been into the water during scorching temperatures as Britain is hit by another heatwave.
Officers, the Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service immediately attended the lake.
Emergency Services carried out searches of the area, including the use of the police helicopter and specialist police divers.
At just before 11pm last night a body was recovered.
Herts Police Statement following incident at North Met Lake in Cheshunt
The boy has now been named as Lewis Agyei-Sekyireh from Enfield and his family have paid a loving tribute to him.
In a statement, they said: “Lewis was a loving, kind-hearted person loved by everyone who came in contact with him. A multitalented person adored by his friends. Your departure has left a big void in our hearts. We miss you, but will forever love you. We would like to thank our loved ones, our neighbours and all his friends for the love and support shown in these difficult times. We are grateful.”
A post mortem has confirmed drowning as the cause of death and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
The Met Office has issued a four-day amber warning for extreme heat in parts of England and Wales for Thursday to Sunday, with temperatures set to climb to 35C or even 36C in some places.
Thames Water, has become the latest water company to signal it will bring in a hosepipe ban in the face of the hot, dry summer.
North Met Lake in Cheshunt. Pic: Peter Walker/Wikimedia Commons