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Body of missing teen is recovered from river at Bishop Auckland

A search and rescue operation in the river at Bishop Auckland. Photo: North News and Pictures / nnp-tv

The body of a Bishop Auckland teenager has been recovered from the River Wear in the early hours of today.

The alarm was raised yesterday when 16-year-old Colin Dodds got into difficulties in the river while out swimming with two friends.

A major search operation was carried out led by Durham Constabulary and involving the air ambulance, the police helicopter and a crew from RAF Boulmer.

At first light this morning a specialist police underwater search team entered the river and at 4.20am they found a body at the bottom of a pool of water, close to where Colin's friends last saw him.

After being recovered from the scene the body was formally identified by relatives. A post mortem will take place in the next few days

Flowers have been left on the banks of the River Wear Credit: ITV
Friends paid their respects at the riverside Credit: ITV

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