A TRAGIC two-year-old boy has died in hospital two days after being pulled unresponsive from a lake.
Emergency services were scrambled to Swanwick Lake, near Fareham, Hants, at around 8.20pm on Sunday.
The toddler was rushed to Southampton General Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
But police confirmed the boy has tragically passed away in hospital.
An 18-year-old man from Southampton, who is known to the boy, was arrested and bailed until June 27.
Police are investigating how the boy was in the water, and urged anyone who was at the beauty spot between 7.45pm and 8.30pm to contact them.
Detective Inspector Matt Gillooly, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a very sad case, and our thoughts remain with the child’s family at this time.
“We are still trying to establish exactly how this boy came to be in the water, and we are keeping an open mind regarding the circumstances.
“As part of our investigation, we want to speak to everyone who was at the reserve between 7.45pm and 8.30pm. We know there was a female dogwalker with a small dog in the area at this time.
“Was this you? Please call us if you were there. Equally, we want to identify everyone who was there as any information, no matter how small, could prove significant.”
People living near Swanwick Lake today told how they saw more than 16 emergency service vehicles rush to the scene after the horror.
One couple said they were driving up the road near the lake when they saw the ambulances, police cars and a fire engine rush past them.
Another local woman said she believed some of the the water near where the boy was found could become 'tidal'.
She said: “People are silly down there and it’s very tidal.”
A man who lives around 100 yards from the lakes said he saw around six police cars, two ambulances and also heard the air ambulance.
He said: “There were about five or six police cars, two ambulances and I heard the air ambulance above.
“It was such a scene that all the local people came out to see what was going on.
“We thought it was some sort of exercise to do with NATS which is the air traffic control centre down by the lake.”
The 36-hectare site of Swanwick Lakes was once a clay pit for a local brick works.
It is described by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust as "a beautiful oasis for nature in an otherwise urban area".
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44210210811.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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