Boy, 15, dies & girl, 14, fighting for life after falling into quarry | The Sun

A TEENAGE boy died and a 14-year-old girl is fighting for her life after falling into a quarry.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 6.30pm on Wednesday evening in Pontypool, south Wales.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene while a helicopter rushed the teenage girl to hospital where she is in a critical condition.

Gwent Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the pair to come forward. 

Officers are now investigating the tragedy. 

A Gwent Police spokesman has said: "We received a report of an incident in Limekiln Road, Pontypool, at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 July, after a boy and a girl fell from the quarry. 

"A 15-year-old boy from the Pontypool area was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service. 

"A 14-year-old girl from the Blaenavon area sustained critical injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of Wales for treatment by the Welsh Air Ambulance.

"The boy’s next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by specialist officers."

The quarry's location saw multiple emergency services attend the scene, with a paramedic winching down from a helicopter to rescue the girl 'due to the nature of the terrain'.

The quarry was once a hub for producing lime for local steel industries.

It was abandoned more than 50 years ago.

Local councillor Janet Jones from the local Blaenavon community said: "This is a tragic incident, and the effects of it will have reverberations throughout the communities of Blaenavon and Abersychan.

"My thoughts are with the two families, and I'm sure the local community and the local community council will rally around to support them through this terrible time."

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it had sent several crews to the scene.

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A spokesperson said: "At approximately 6.55pm on Wednesday, July 6, we received a request to assist the ambulance service at The Quarry, Abersychan. 

"Crews from Abersychan, New Inn and Malpas attended the scene. 

"A stop message was received at approximately 9.21pm." 

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at approximately 6.30pm on July 6 to an incident at the Abersychan Quarry near Pontypool. 

"We deployed two rapid response vehicles, two emergency ambulances and an air ambulance to the scene."

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