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A teenager died a hero but "most importantly" a friend when she tried in vain to save a girl from a fast-flowing river, the rector conducting her funeral said today.
Tonibeth Purvis, 15, from Barmston in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and Chloe Fowler, 14, from Shiney Row, near Sunderland, died after getting into difficulties in the River Wear last Tuesday.
It is thought that Chloe got into the river at Fatfield to cool off during the heatwave and, when she started to struggle in the water, other teenagers went in to help her.
The girls' bodies were found hours after a major rescue attempt was launched by the emergency services.
Family and friends are mourning the loss of Tonibeth Purvis at her funeral in Washington.
The funeral has taken place of 14 year old Chloe Fowler. Friends and family gathered at Sunderland Crematorium.
Chloe died while playing in the River Wear last week. Her friend Tonibeth Purvis also died and her funeral will be tomorrow.
The funeral of Chloe Fowler, who drowned in the River Wear last week, takes place later (1st August). She will be laid to rest at Sunderland Crematorium. The family are welcoming donations to the North East Air Ambulance Service.
The funeral of Chloe Fowler who drowned in the river Wear last week will take place at Sunderland Crematorium at 10.30 today.
14 year old Chloe died last Tuesday as she played with her friends in the river. 15 year old Tonibeth Purvis was also drowned. Yesterday Chloe's friends and family staged a special walk to retrace the steps she should have taken home.
A community in Washington came together to support the family of a teenager who drowned trying to save her friend.
Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler died last week after getting into trouble while swimming in the River Wear.
While the grief is still very raw, today there were smiles and laughter as Tonibeth's friends organised a fun day to raise money for a memorial to her.
Watch the full report from Kenny Toal below.
Friends of a teenager who drowned in the River Wear are holding a fundraising event to raise money towards funeral costs and a memorial.
Tonibeth Purvis went into the river to try to save her friend, Chloe Fowler, but both girls drowned in the tragedy last Tuesday.
Tonibeth's friends are holding an event this afternoon in the Washington Millennium Centre.
They have already raised £500 and hope to more than double that figure by the end of the day.