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Teenagers warn of cold water shock after losing friend

Cameron Gosling was 14 years old Photo: Campaigning for Cam

A group of teenagers who saw their friend die when he jumped into the River Wear have been telling their story, for the first time, in the hope of saving other lives.

Cameron Gosling died of cold water shock when he jumped into the river at Witton Park, near Bishop Auckland, in July 2015.

He and friends were at the river on a hot day when Cameron jumped into the cold water without acclimatising to the temperature. His body went into shock causing him to drown.

Laura Cowan, Ellis Hanley, Matty Wraith and Kian Johnson Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

His friends, Laura Cowan, Ellis Hanley, Matty Wraith and Kian Johnson are appearing in videos on social media, talking about that day, in the hope their message reaches other teenagers and stops them putting their lives at risk.

A panic rushing through my mind.

I didn't know what to do, I was lost for a moment, I didn't know what to do.

I grabbed my phone and ran all the way up to the top, to Witton Park, to get a signal.

– Matty Wraith

It was all a massive shock, my adrenaline was really high, I didn't really know what was going on, everyone was just shouting, it was all a big blur really.

Not to see someone come back up it's horrible, it's a really horrible thing to witness.

– Laura Cowan

The videos have been created by the Safe Durham Partnership as part of the Dying to be Cool campaign. Cameron's Mum, Fiona Gosling, is heading the campaign.

They are the best person to get the message across, they've lived it, they're still living it now but for them to take the time out to come and do what they're doing and put their heart and soul into the campaign, they're an amazing bunch of kids and Cameron would have been proud as punch of them. It's the hardest thing ever to go through, I'd like to think that what we're doing is helping other people and it is bringing the statistics down.

– Fiona Gosling

Julia Barthram went to meet the friends back at the place where Cameron died. Watch her report here: