Boy in hospital after head injury at waterfall

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A nine-year-old boy was described as “very poorly” after being dragged from the water at a beauty spot by a police officer then airlifted to hospital.

The boy appeared to have sustained a head injury after entering the water at the Tinker Bridge waterfall in Keighley, West Yorkshire, and is understood to have stopped breathing.

Emergency services were called by members of the public yesterday morning and a West Yorkshire Police officer went into the water to rescue the child.

Paramedics worked on him at the scene and, it is understood, were able to restart his heart before he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter.

He remained unconscious at that point.

The circumstances of how he was injured remain unclear, but according to police he was also very cold by the time emergency services arrived and they worked to warm him up.

The water depth at the waterfall is limited and it is believed he may have struck his head while swimming.

He is thought to live locally and his family was with him at the hospital, where the most recent condition check described his condition as very poorly.

The waterfall is a beauty spot which is frequently used by swimmers and fun seekers who jump from the head of the waterfall into the pool below.

Keighley West’s UKIP councillor Brian Morris said: “I don’t think it is any more of a dangerous stretch of water than any other. I won’t be putting anything forward for railings to go up or anything like that because it’s not that sort of place.

“I don’t think there’s anything that can be done to stop it happening again but I hope that the young lad is okay and hopefully it will serve as a warning to others.”