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Body of boy, 16, found in river

The body of a 16-year-old boy who had been in the water with a group of friends has been recovered from the Etherow River in Hyde, Greater Manchester Police said.

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Father of Jack Pullen visits River Etherow scene

Jack Pullen died after getting into difficulties in the River Etherow near Hyde

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.

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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."

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