Burton Mail

Readers’ heartbreak at river tragedy


- By JENNY MOODY jennifer.moody@reachplc.com

BURTON Mail readers have been offering their condolence­s and speaking of their upset after a 15-year-old boy’s body was found in the River Trent in South Derbyshire.

The body of teenager, who has not yet been formally identified, was recovered from the river at around 11.30am on Wednesday morning.

Teams from Derbyshire police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service had been called in to search the River Trent near Swarkeston­e the previous night after reports of a person in difficulty.

The search continued during the morning of the next day when the sad discovery was made.

His is the second water-related death in Derbyshire in a matter of days, leading to warnings from the emergency services during the hot weather of the dangers of open water like rivers.

Now Burton Mail readers have offered their condolence­s to the family of the young man via social media.

Shane Chapman said: “Tragic to have lost his life so young. Condolence­s to the family and friends.”

Betty Evans said: “This is so upsetting. Thoughts are with the family.” Josephine Green said: “So so sad.” Peter Cavanagh said: “Very sad. Been fishing the Trent for 60 odd years it’s a death trap, so many under-currents.”

Emma Gaunt said: “Oh my god as a parent this is so scary! Thoughts to the family!”

Rosemary Ann Black said: “So very sad our thoughts and sincere condolence­s go out to all of his family and friends at this terribly sad time. RIP.”

Marie Hadfield said: “Absolutely heartbreak­ing thoughts with all his family and friends.”

“How tragic. Condolence­s to the boy’s family at this awful time,” added Susan Ann King

Andrew Black said: “Such a young age. Thoughts with his family and friends.”

Although the boy has not yet been identified, the family has been made aware and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Area manager Clive Stanbrook, of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said yesterday that it was the second time in just days that a body had been found in the water in the county.

He said: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that the body of a 15-year-old boy was recovered from the River Trent near to Swarkeston­e Bridge. I would like to extend the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and all involved in the incident, to the family and friends of the deceased at this distressin­g time.

“Tragically this is the second water-related death in Derbyshire in a matter of days.

“On Monday we confirmed the death of a male who had got into difficulty at a quarry in the north of the county, bringing the total number of people nationally who have lost their lives in water over the last four days to 13, with a further three ongoing searches and five people hospitalis­ed.

“Sadly, these incidents underline why we continue to warn people of the dangers of entering unknown water. Cold water shock, hidden debris and strong currents can cause even the strongest swimmer to get into difficulty.”

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Police at the scene on Wednesday.

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