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Widow's gratitude for support

Warwickshire Police have formally named the father and son who died in a boating accident on the River Avon at Barford, near Warwick on Saturday as Julian Mynott, 42, who lived in High Street, Barford and his 3-year-old son Freddie.

Mr Mynott's other two children were rescued after their boat overturned. They haven't been named but a boy aged seven has been released from hospital.

His six-year-old sister remains in hospital under observation but have both made remarkable recoveries following their ordeal.

“We are all devastated by what has happened, but I want to thank my neighbours and all the people from the community who have helped and offered support, and the many people who have sent good will messages.

“The children’s school in particular has been very helpful and supportive at this difficult time, for which we are very grateful.

“I would also like to express my immense gratitude to everyone involved in the massive effort on Saturday evening to rescue my family.

I would like to thank all the emergency services and all other agencies who were there, and who have become involved since.

“Our appeal now is to be allowed our privacy, which we know that many people have already respected, in order that we can be allowed to grieve and to come to terms with what has happened.”

– Mrs Emma Mynott

Boy in boat tragedy out of hospital

One of the two children rescued after a boat overturned on the River Avon killing their father and brother has been released from hospital.

The seven-year-old boy is now with his mother who wasn't in the boat that capsized at Barford, near Warwick.

The boy's sister, aged six, is still in hospital in a serious but stable condition but is out of immediate danger.

The children's mother has asked for privacy in order for the family to come to terms with what has happened.

Warwickshire Police say that due to the processes of formal identification, they are not yet able to release the names of the two people who died, although they are aware that their names have been widely circulated.

The two who died were father and son, aged 42-years and three years respectively.


Nursery says their thoughts are with the family

The nursery of a child who died after his family boat capsized this weekend say their thoughts are with the family.

Julian Mynott and his 3 year old son Freddie, who have been named locally, died in the accident at the weir in Barford on Saturday afternoon.

“The thoughts of our nursery staff and parents are very much with the family at this terrible time. We are all upset and thinking of them.

"As I am sure you realise this is a very upsetting day for everyone at Barford, and our manager has been supporting her staff and the nursery families throughout.

"I know that you will understand that this is her priority and will be sensitive to her time."

– Barford Nursery


'Father and son' die in boating accident

The search scene in Barford, near Warwick last night Credit: Caters News Agency

It's believed the man and boy who died when a boat capsized on the River Avon near Warwick were father and son.

The search of the River Avon Credit: Caters News Aghency

It happened last night near a weir in Barford. Two children - said to be aged six and ten and members of the same family as those who died - were pulled from the river.

One is in Birmingham Children's Hospital and the other at a hospital in Warwick.

Rescuers were helped by people living nearby Credit: Caters News Agency

People living nearby were praised by the emergency services for their help in the rescue.

It was a mild night but the river was running high and fast.

The search at Barford after a boat overturned. Credit: Caters News Agency
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