A second boy has now sadly died after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne at the weekend.

Emergency services were called shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday (May 18)after it was reported two teenage boys were in the river near the bridge at Ovingham, near Prudhoe.

Rescue services were immediately sent to the area and a major operation was launched.

Sadly David Radut, 14, from Newcastle, passed away at the scene.

The second boy – Aras Rudzianskas, 13, also from Newcastle – was taken to hospital.

Despite the efforts of medical staff, he tragically passed away yesterday (Tuesday).

The parents of both boys continue to be supported by specially-trained officers.

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Chief Superintendent Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our sincerest sympathies go to the loved ones of both boys and we will continue to provide whatever support we can at this devastating time.

“Since Saturday, our thoughts and those of the wider community have been with the families and friends of those affected.

“We would ask that the public continue to respect the privacy of the families both online and in the community.”

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