13-year-old boy dies after being pulled from river but could not be revived

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A teenager has tragically lost his life after efforts to revive him failed when he was pulled from a river.

The 13-year-old, who has not been named, was reported missing at 4.45pm on Tuesday June 22, which triggered 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, police said.

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



Efforts to resuscitate the teenager failed after he was pulled from the River Taff in Cardiff

“A thorough search was carried out by the police, fire brigade, ambulance, coast guard and police helicopter.

“The missing 13-year-old boy was found in the river around 5.45pm and, despite rescue efforts, he could not be revived.

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“The boy’s family have been notified and are being supported.

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



Tributes poured in on social media, with one person saying they
Tributes poured in on social media, with one person saying she was ‘thinking about her poor family right now’

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Tributes poured in for the teenager on social media, as one wrote: “News that the community prayed we would not hear. Sincere condolences to the poor boy’s family and friends My heart breaks for everyone affected by this tragedy, including the emergency services involved in the search.”

Another also reflected on the impact the boy’s death had on the community and tweeted: “Oh no so sad. Thinking of his poor family at the moment. I have a 13 year old boy and I just can’t imagine what they’ve been going through Fly high young man.

One person simply said, “Our thoughts are with family, friends and the community.”

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