Teenager's body found in river and 13-year-old in critical condition

By John Mercury May 20, 2024

A 14-year-old boy has died and a 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne.

Emergency teams launched a large rescue operation yesterday afternoon after receiving reports two boys had got into trouble in the water near Ovingham, Northumberland.

One of the boys, aged 13, was rescued from the river and taken to hospital, where he remains “in a critical condition”, Northumbria Police said in a statement on Sunday morning.

Ovingham Bridge on the River Tyne which connects Ovingham with Prudhoe. Pic: Google Streetview
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Ovingham Bridge on the River Tyne connects Ovingham with Prudhoe. Pic: Google Street View

Police cordon set up near Prudhoe, across the River Tyne from Ovingham
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Police cordon set up near Prudhoe, across the River Tyne from Ovingham

A huge search, which involved the police, ambulance, fire and mountain rescue services, then continued as crews raced to find the second boy.

“Sadly, the 14-year-old’s body was later found in the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said.

Police cordon set up near Prudhoe, across the river from Ovingham
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A police cordon was set up across a footpath near Prudhoe, across the River Tyne from Ovingham

Chief Superintendent Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police, said it was an “absolutely tragic incident”.

She added: “Our thoughts are with the families of both boys at this difficult time as we continue to support them.

“A number of agencies were involved in the incident and their support was hugely appreciated.

“It is with great sadness that we could not provide a more positive update.”

Police said the parents of both boys are being supported by specially-trained officers.

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