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British scout dies on adventure holiday in Italy.

A BRITISH boy has died while on an adventure holiday with the scouts in Italy. The 14-year-old lost consciousness as he jumped into water during a gorge scrambling activity in the Gran Paradiso National Park in the north of the country.

The boy, named by Italian police as Elliot Peacock, was immediately rescued from the water and given CPR but could not be resuscitated.

The teenager, from Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire, was with a group of around 40 scouts who were on the second full day of their nineday trip when the incident happened at around 4.20pm on Sunday.

Acorn Adventure, which ran the trip, said: "They were jumping into the water, where instructors were waiting for them. All participants were wearing buoyancy aids, wet suits and helmets as is standard on this activity, carried out by hundreds of participants every year for the past 18 years. As yet it is unclear why this participant lost consciousness as he entered the water. Despite very swiftly being given CPR by trained first aiders and nurses who attended the scene, very sadly paramedics were unable to resuscitate him."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 1, 2014
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