UPDATE 4:50 PM (AEST) | A TEENAGE boy has tragically died in hospital following a violent ‘medical incident’ at a public swimming police in Newcastle.
Police said they were called to the pool on Durham Road at Lambton just after 5pm on Tuesday following reports that the 17-year-old had allegedly assaulted an employee.
Officers arrived to find the teenager, who was accompanied by a carer, being restrained by a number of witnesses.
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According to witnesses, staff and bystanders had raced to restrain the teen and stop him from hurting himself after he allegedly began punching himself and repeatedly tried headbutting a concrete path.
In a statement, police said the 17-year-old needed medical assistance and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
He was then taken by ambulance to John Hunter Hospital where sadly, he died shortly after arriving.
Police have not revealed exactly how the boy died, but say they are treating the matter as a “medical incident”.
It is not known if the boy sustained fatal injuries in the incident, or died from a medical condition.
“This will be examined further both forensically and also by the coroner,” Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said.
A critical incident team has been tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The investigation will be subject to an independent review.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
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