Second teen dies following River Tyne tragedy in Ovingham as police name boys

Pictured (L-R): David Radut and Aras Rudzianskas who died after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne
-Credit: (Image: Northumbria Police)

A second boy has sadly died after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne at Northumberland.

Police received a report of concern for the welfare of two teenage boys who were in the river near the bridge at Ovingham, shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday (May 18),

Emergency and rescue services were immediately sent to the area. However, 14-year-old David Radut, from Newcastle, sadly died at the scene.

The second boy – Aras Rudzianskas, 13, also from Newcastle – was taken to hospital. But despite the efforts of medical staff, he tragically passed away on Tuesday. The parents of both boys continue to be supported by specially-trained officers.

Chief Superintendent Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, said: "Our sincerest sympathies go to the loved ones of both boys and we will continue to provide whatever support we can at this devastating time.

"Since Saturday, our thoughts and those of the wider community have been with the families and friends of those affected.

"We would ask that the public continue to respect the privacy of the families both online and in the community."