Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boy Drowns

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boy Drowns

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy

A seven-year-old boy was drowned in a Northumberland river while on a family caravan break.

The youngster, who has not yet been named by Northumbria police, was found floating face down in the River Wansbeck at Sheepwash in Ashington.

The boy, who came from Killingworth in North Tyneside, was spotted by a passer-by who jumped into the river and dragged him out but was unable to revive him.

He had been staying with his mother and older brother at the Wansbeck Riverside Park when tragedy struck at lunchtime yesterday.

As temperatures soared it is believed the blonde-haired boy wearing shorts and a t-shirt had gone into the water to cool off.

Firefighters later went back to the riverside site which is run by Wansbeck District Council and cut down swing ropes which were stretched over the water.

Today other families staying at the holiday park were shocked and saddened by his death.

Audrey Wood, aged 62, who comes from Stannington, said: "It's terrible.

"We saw all the commotion and realise something must have happened.

"A helicopter came in and there were a number of police but I still can't believe what happened.

"Somebody pulled him out of the water but it looks like he might have already been dead.

"It's absolutely awful."

The police were today notifying other members of the boy's family before releasing his identity.

And Inspector Neil Fraser, of Northumbria Police, said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this boy playing in or near the river.

"Obviously this has been very distressing for everyone involved and our sympathies are with the boy's family.

"It may seem very tempting to go into the water during this hot weather but rivers and lakes can be very dangerous and people, no matter what their age, can soon get into difficulties. …

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