River Tyne death: Teenager dies and another fights for life after getting into difficulty at Ovingham

The River Tyne at Ovingham, where a teenager died after getting into difficulty Picture: GoogleThe River Tyne at Ovingham, where a teenager died after getting into difficulty Picture: Google
The River Tyne at Ovingham, where a teenager died after getting into difficulty Picture: Google | Google
A teenager has died after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne

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

Northumbria Police were called at 3.30pm on Saturday due to concerns for the welfare of two teenage boys who were in the River Tyne near the bridge at Ovingham.

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Emergency services were immediately sent out and one of the boys, aged 13, was rescued from the water. He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The body of the 14-year-old boy was later found in the water following a search and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The parents of both boys are being supported by specially-trained officers, police said.

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. 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.”

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