Child’s condition remains critical following river fatality

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By Creative Media News

  • 13-year-old boy critical, 14-year-old deceased in River Tyne
  • Extensive search recovered 14-year-old near Ovingham Bridge
  • Families receiving support; emergency services involved in search

Police say that a 13-year-old boy is still in critical condition after he and a 14-year-old boy became entangled in a river over the weekend. The latter was subsequently discovered deceased.

Following an exhaustive search in the River Tyne near Ovingham Bridge, Northumberland, the remains of the older child were discovered. His demise was officially confirmed at the location.

Northumbria Police reported that the younger child was extracted from the water and transported to the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

The force previously reported that the parents of both boys are receiving assistance from officers with specialized training.

Ch Supt Helena Barron stated, “This is an utterly tragic incident, and as we continue to offer our support to the families of both boys, our thoughts are with them during this trying time.

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Satiated around 15:30 BST on Saturday, emergency services were activated in response to reports regarding the whereabouts of two adolescents spotted in the river adjacent to the bridge.

Fire departments, North East Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS), and Northumbria Police personnel assisted in the search.

Following the demise of 13-year-old Robert Hattersley, a resident of Crawcrook, Gateshead, who encountered peril in the Tyne near Ovingham in July 2022, the current occurrence transpired.

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