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Jack Pullen, who died while playing the River Etherow near Hyde has been described as a 'caring and sensitive young man' by his former headteacher.
The 16 year old left Longdendale High School after completing his GCSEs this summer.
We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident involving a boy who was a student at our school.
He was a popular student whose gentle soul touched a lot of people. He was a very caring and sensitive young man, his family and friends were hugely important to him and he will be greatly missed by our entire community.
We have been in touch with his family to offer our condolences and have support in place for pupils and staff who are clearly very upset by the tragic news.
The father of a 16-year-old boy who drowned whilst playing in a river has visited the scene where his son lost his life.
The teenager - named locally as Jack Pullen - is believed to have got into difficulty whilst with friends in the River Etherow in Broadbottom near Hyde, Greater Manchester.
His father, accompanied by a woman, sat on the bank of the river for several minutes before reading the floral tributes that had been left by Jack's friends and family.
Gary Pullen, who was overcome with emotion, said that his son Jack had just completed his GCSEs and had finished school in June.
Mr Pullen, from nearby Hattersley, said that his son had not known what he had wanted to do next.
He simply said: "He just wanted to be a teenager and be out with his mates."
Emergency services were called shortly before 5.45pm on Tuesday - the hottest day of the year so far - and recovered the body of the boy.
One man who lives in one of the cottages that back onto the river said youngsters often jump into the water at the secluded spot when the weather is warm.
He said one of his neighbours had been first on the scene.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: "One of my neighbours was first on the scene. They found a distraught 16-year-old wondering where his mate had gone.
"Everybody on the road is upset because we've seen them doing it. It's like a sign of summer seeing kids jump in and having a laugh."
He added that around nine fire engines attended as well as three to four ambulances, and remained at the scene until 2am.
The man said he believed the boy had jumped from a rocky area that is approximately 2ft high: "They all jump in - it's a favourite spot. They come down in the summer through the woods and camp on the river. There's a few rocks in there and there are some deeper pools."
Tributes are being left at the scene where a 16 year-old boy was found dead in the Etherow River in Broadbottom near Hyde.
Officers were called to the River Etherow near to Broadbottom Road shortly before 5.45 yesterday evening.
They believe the youngster had been bathing in the hot weather with a group of friends.
Greater Manchester Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death
Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was knocked off his bike by a van in Hyde.
Reports say that the van followed the cyclist onto the pavement in an attempt to knock him off his bike, before driving away.
A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment for a fractured knee and head injuries after the incident on Friday 17th of June.
A man ended up in hospital with serious injuries after being knocked off his bike, the bike was also badly damaged.
I would urge anyone who saw what happened to come forward, as you may have some information that could assist our investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9389, quoting incident number 1050 17/06/16, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.