Monday 24 July 2017

Body recovered from river in search for missing 14-year-old boy

A 14-year-old boy got into trouble in the River Wear in Witton Park, County Durham, yesterday
A 14-year-old boy got into trouble in the River Wear in Witton Park, County Durham, yesterday

Tom White

A body has been recovered from a river by emergency services searching for a missing teenager.

A rescue operation was launched after a 14-year-old boy got into trouble in the River Wear in Witton Park, County Durham, yesterday afternoon.

Specialist river teams spent the night searching the water, at a spot said to be popular with children for swimming when the weather is hot.

Durham Police said a body was eventually recovered and formal identification was expected to take place later this morning.

A spokesman said: "A body has been recovered from the River Wear by officers searching for a missing 14-year-old boy.

"Police divers discovered the body in the river in Paradise Park, Bishop Auckland, close to the spot where a 14-year-old boy got into difficulty.

"A formal identification has not yet taken place and there will be a further update in the morning."

In 2013 two other teenagers, Tonibeth Purvis, 15, and Chloe Fowler, 14, died after also getting into difficulty in the river at Washington during a similar hot spell.

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