Boy, 13, dies after being pulled from river but could not be resuscitated

A teenage boy has tragically lost his life after efforts to resuscitate him failed when he was pulled from a river.

The 13-year-old, who has not been named, had been reported missing at 4:45pm on Tuesday (June 22) prompting a major search and rescue operation.

The boy was found by emergency services at the River Taff in Whitchurch, Cardiff, an hour later.

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A group of children had been seen playing in the water that afternoon, according to police.

Detective Inspector Abi Biddle from South Wales Police said: “At 4.45pm today, Tuesday June 21, a report was received of children in the River Taff near Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff and one boy was missing.

“An extensive search was carried out by police, fire, ambulance, coastguard and the police helicopter.

“The missing 13-year-old boy was located in the river at around 5.45pm and, despite the efforts of the emergency services, he was unable to be resuscitated.

“The boy’s family has been informed and are being supported at this time.

“HM Coroner has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.”

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Tributes flooded in for the teenager on social media, as one wrote: "The news the community prayed we wouldn’t hear. Heartfelt condolences to the poor boy’s family & friends. My heart breaks for all those affected by this tragedy including the emergency services involved in the search."

Another also reflected on the impact of the boy's death on the community, and tweeted: "Oh no, that's so sad. Thinking of his poor family right now. I have a 13 year old boy and I just can't imagine what they're going through. Fly high young man."

One individual simply said: "Our thoughts are with family and friends and community."


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