A 13-year-old boy has died after entering a lake in a Co Down village.

Police received a report concerning the safety of the boy in the Canal Court area of Scarva at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The PSNI, air ambulance and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the scene.

The boy was taken to Craigavon Hospital where he later died. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said: "The NIAS received a 999 call at 15:27 on Monday July 19 following reports of an incident at Scarva lake.

"NIAS dispatched an emergency crew and ambulance officer to the scene.

"The charity air ambulance with helicopter emergency medical service crew on board was also tasked to the incident.

"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene a young male patient was taken by ambulance to Craigavon Area Hospital."

A group commander in NIFRS described the incident as "a tragic, tragic accident on a summer day that should have been a lot of fun".

Gary Magwood said that the boy got into difficulty while swimming with a group of friends in a lake in the Canal Court area of Scarva.

He said it has had a "devastating impact" on the emergency crews who attended the scene and on the wider community, and offered his condolences to the family of the young boy.

Mr Magwood said that a number of appliances and response officers were dispatched from Banbridge, Portadown and Newry, along with the air ambulance service and officers of the PSNI.

"Our condolences go out to the family, this is a traumatic incident including for the crews who were from the local area and were known to the family," he said.

Mr Magwood said there were six fatalities in the UK at the weekend in the water and urged all people to be aware of the risks of swimming in cold water and to familiarise themselves with all aspects of water safety.