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