River teens' inquest

The inquest begins into the deaths of two teenagers who died in the River Wear.

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Tyneside girl 'died a hero' trying to save friend in river

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 has been called a "hero" by the Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Washington, Tyne and Wear

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.



Chloe Fowler funeral today

Chloe Fowler Credit: ITV News

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.

Full Report: Community pays tribute to River Wear teens

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.

Teenager remembered by Washington community

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.

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