Child dies after falling into canal near Doncaster

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An eight-year-old boy has died after falling into a canal near Doncaster.

The boy, who has not been named, fell into the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal near Talbot Road in Mexborough, on Monday evening.

He was rescued from the water by emergency services and was flown to Rotherham District General Hospital in the South Yorkshire Police helicopter.

The child was then transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he died on Tuesday evening.

Police say that the boy was with a family member at the time of the incident, at 5.10pm on Monday.

A post mortem will be carried out. Officers are not treating the death as suspicious. The coroner has been informed.