Police confirm death of teenage boy who got into difficulties in the River Tyne

Police forensic officers gather evidence in Ovingham, Northumberland, this morning <i>(Image: NORTH NEWS)</i>
Police forensic officers gather evidence in Ovingham, Northumberland, this morning (Image: NORTH NEWS)

Police today (Sunday May 19) confirmed the death of a boy who got into difficulty swimming in the River Tyne, in Northumberland, on Saturday.

Another teenage boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after being rescued from the River Tyne, near Ovingham.

Shortly after 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday), a report was received of concern for the welfare of two teenage boys who were said to be in the river, between Ovingham Bridge and Wylam.

The Northern Echo: Concern was raised after two teenage boys got into dificulties swimming in the River Tyne, near
The Northern Echo: Concern was raised after two teenage boys got into dificulties swimming in the River Tyne, near

Emergency services were immediately deployed to the area and one of the boys, aged 13, was rescued from the water.

He was taken to hospital where he was said to remain in a critical condition today.

The Northern Echo: Police and other rescue services at the scene of the search for two missing teenagers,  at the
The Northern Echo: Police and other rescue services at the scene of the search for two missing teenagers, at the

A number of emergency organisations conducted a thorough search of the area in a bid to locate the second boy.

Northumbria Police today announced: “Sadly, the 14-year-old’s body was later found in the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.”

A force spokesperson said: “The parents of both boys are being supported by specially-trained officers at this extremely difficult time.”

The Northern Echo: Police near the scene of River Tyne search at Ovingham, Northumberland, today (Sunday May 19).
The Northern Echo: Police near the scene of River Tyne search at Ovingham, Northumberland, today (Sunday May 19).

Chief Superintendent Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is an absolutely tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families of both boys at this difficult time as we continue to support them.

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

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

The scene of this weekend's tragedy is near the spot where a local 13-year-old died in another incident in the River Tyne, in July, 2022.

Among the services involved in the latest search operation were the police, ambulance, mountain rescue and fire and rescue teams, which deployed two swift water rescue units to the scene.