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Boy rescued from Benwick river after crash is critically ill in hospital




A nine-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being pulled from a van which had plunged into a Fenland river.

The child, who is from Peterborough, was rescusitated by rescuers from the the incident which happened on the B1093 Whittlesey Road, Benwick, at around 10.20am on Saturday (8), when the van he was passenger came off the road and overturned into the River Nene.

Reports on social media say the van driver managed to get out of the vehicle, but was unable to rescue the boy, who was eventually pulled from the water by passers-by who then administered CPR.

A nine year old boy is critically ill in hospital after a van plunged into the river at Benwick. (28849044)
A nine year old boy is critically ill in hospital after a van plunged into the river at Benwick. (28849044)

Police are appealing for witnesses and say the boy remains in a critical, but stable condition in hospital.

The 33-year-old van driver, from Peterborough, was not seriously injured and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving while over the specified drug limit and has since been release under investigation.

The road was closed for several hours before reopening at around 5pm.

Anyone who witnessed what happened, or the events leading up to it, or who has dashcam footage, is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 177 of the 8 February. Alternatively, you can report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report.


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