Tributes to river death teens

Two teenage girls, whose bodies were found by divers in the River Wear yesterday, have been named as Chloe Fowler, 14, and fifteen-year-old Tonibeth Purvis. The pair got into difficulty on a fast-flowing part of the river yesterday afternoon.

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Family pay tribute to 'kind and caring' Chloe

The family of Chloe Fowler, 14, who died in the River Wear yesterday, have described her as "a beautiful, kind and caring girl" in a statement released by Northumbria Police.

Superintendent Alan Veitch said that Chloe was one of a number of children who attempted to rescue fifteen-year-old Tonibeth Purvis, before she too got into difficulties.

Chloe Fowler, 14, entered the river to help her another teenager, who also died. Credit: Northumbria Police handout

The bodies of both of the teenagers were recovered by police dive teams last night.

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Police: Families 'distraught' over river deaths

Northumbria Police said that the families of two girls who died in the River Wear are "completely distraught at what has happened" and added that officers are doing everything possible to support them.

We are aware there has been some speculation about what has happened but I'd like to emphasise that we are speaking with witnesses to establish exactly what has happened and it's still too early to determine the circumstances.

At this stage we believe a group of friends had been at the riverside and two went into the water and the others tried to help, along with members of the public.

This is an absolute tragedy and our deepest sympathies are with the families of the two girls at what must be a devastating time for them.

– Northumbria police superintendent Alan Veitch

Children 'tried to rescue' girl in river police say

Northumbria Police said that they believed a number of children tried to rescue one of the girls who died in the River Wear, before a second got into difficulties and died.

Supt Veitch said Chloe, who was from Shiney Row, near Sunderland, got into the water of her own free will.

Chloe went in first, Tonibeth and others went in to help her.

Tonibeth got into difficulties and so have the others.

The emerging picture is that she went in to keep cool.

I think there's a lot of children who were trying to effect a rescue.

– Northumbria Police Superintendent Alan Veitch

The officer said the children who survived were traumatised and receiving counselling.

Tributes pour in for two teenage girls who died in river

Tributes have been paid to the two teenagers, with Tonibeth, from Barmston, Washington, being hailed as a hero.

Friends of the pair have been laying flowers on the riverbank and paying their respects.

Amy Bell, 13, said: "I knew Chloe, she was a fantastic girl and she did not deserve this at all."

Tributes left by the river where Tonibeth Purvis, 15, and Chloe Fowler, 14, died. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Joss Richards, 13, who was in the same school class as Tonibeth, said: "I'm really devastated that she has gone."

One card left with flowers said: "RIP Tonibeth you are a hero."

Another left for Chloe said: "Heaven has gained a beautiful angel who will be greatly missed."

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Friends pay tribute to 'angels' who died in River Wear

Friends of Tonibeth Purvis, 15, and Chloe Fowler, 14, who died in the River Wear yesterday, have taken to Twitter to describe their shock at the death of the teenagers.

One user, @Michael_Hall96 wrote: "I'll never step foot in that river again, not taking life for granted anymore!! RIP toni purvis and chloe fowler."

Another, @shannon97xxxxxx wrote: "Can't get over whats happened, rip toni beth and chloe fowlerx."

"Rest in peace Toni-Beth Purvis and Chloe Fowler, rest in peace angels, you will both be such a big miss", @laurenlsmithx, said.

Police name two girls who died in the River Wear

Police have named two teenage girls, whose bodies were found by divers in the River Wear yesterday, as Chloe Fowler and Tonibeth Purvis.

The pair got into difficulty on a fast-flowing part of the river at around 3pm yesterday.

Fourteen-year-old Chloe Fowler Credit: Northumbria Police/Family handout

Northumbria Police said enquiries into the incident are ongoing and more information will be released in due course.

Fifteen-year-old Tonibeth Purvis Credit: Northumbria Police/Family handout

River Wear deaths: Two teenagers named locally

Two teenage girls, whose bodies were found by divers in the River Wear yesterday, have been named locally as Chloe Fowler and Toni-Beth Purvis.

The pair got into difficulty on a fast-flowing part of the river at around 3pm yesterday.

The teenage girls got into difficulty in the River Wear on Tuesday afternoon Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

An off-duty policeman and a member of the public tried to save the girls before emergency service personnel joined the search and rescue effort.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said that the two bodies had been taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and that the families had been informed.

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