Two Children Drown In River, Bodies Found By Divers

Two Children Drown In River, Bodies Found By Divers

Two Children Drown In River, Bodies Found By Divers

Divers have found the bodies of two girls who went missing after they were thought to have been tombstoning in a fast flowing river, following hours of searches.

A man, thought to be the father of one of the girls, and an off-duty policeman dived in to try and save the teenagers after they were spotted in trouble in the water, and more than 100 people from the emergency services were involved in the search for them.

The girls, named locally as Chloe Fowler, 13 and Toni-Beth Purvis, 15, are thought to have jumped 30ft into the River Wear in Fatfield, Washington, in Tyne and Wear and then disappeared under water.

Northumbria Police announced one body had been found at about 9pm and a search of the same stretch of river found a second body about an hour later.

Police said the girls had not yet been identified but both families had been informed and the search would now be “scaled down” while they investigate what happened.

Superintendent Alan Veitch, of Northumbria Police, said people had tried in vain to rescue the pair, including an off-duty policeman who dived in after a boy who was trying to save them.

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