A four-year-old boy has died after being found in a swimming pool at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam.

A four-year-old boy has died after being found in a swimming pool at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam.

Extensive searches were carried out in the Bideford area yesterday (Monday) after the boy was reported missing at around 2.55pm.

The police helicopter was involved in the search, and the boy was found in a swimming pool at the activity centre.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Knapp House in Northam.Knapp House in Northam.

A police spokesman said: "The boy's next of kin have been informed and enquiries continue.

"Officers are investigating the circumstances and the death is currently being treated as unexplained."

It is understood the boy was part of a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) camp at the activity centre.

A spokeswoman from the Devon NA Campout Committee said it was the sixth week-long campout for members and their families.

She said: "We have all enjoyed a wonderful week of sharing lives of complete freedom from drug and alcohol use.

"Our members have enjoyed the wonderful setting, visits to local beaches, and as has been true throughout out our relationship with Knapp House, great service from them.

"One of the activities we organize with Knapp House is the supervised use of their swimming pool with their trained life guards.

"Very tragically today, something has gone horrifically wrong, and a young child of one of our members drowned in the pool.

"We are not aware of the exact details of how this happened, and the police are obviously investigating.

"As a committee, we have worked tirelessly to try to provide a fabulous event for our fellow NA members, and we are devastated that a truly wonderful week has ended so tragically.

"We find all attempt at expressing our sorrow and concern for the parents and siblings of this child inadequate, but as is normal in our fellowship, they will have plenty of support as they face their tragedy.

"In Narcotics Anonymous, we share no specific religious beliefs, but the entire campsite formed a circle, held hands, and prayed for the family and their lost child."

Anyone with information are asked to contact Police on 101 quoting reference 593 of 28/08/17.