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Safety warning after teenager dies at High Force

Pete Bell Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team says rivers are dangerous, they have undercurrents, they are cold, they are deep and are not places to be swimming in. He says they have potential to be extremely risky.


16 year old dies after swimming near High Force

A 16 year old boy has died after getting into difficulties in the River Tees near High Force.

The teenager, from Hartlepool, was swimming in the pool below the waterfall with five other teenagers.

The alarm was raised at 8pm on Tuesday 14th June.

He was pulled from the water by the Fire Service Rescue Boat at around 9.45 pm and airlifted to James Cook Hospital, where he later died.

Three boys and two girls, who had been with the boy, were not injured.

Teenager in hospital after High Force rescue

High Force in Upper Teesdale Credit: PA (library image)

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulties in the River Tees near High Force.

Police, the Fire Service, Ambulance crews and fourteen members of the Mountain Rescue team were called to High Force at around 7.30 pm on Tuesday 14th June.

It's understood four people in total were in the water - with three of the group managing to get out.

A young man was pulled from the water by the Fire Service Emergency Rescue boat and taken to James Cook Hospital by helicopter.


Plans to close rural schools criticised

Parents in Weardale have condemned plans which would see their small village primary school close and children having to travel six miles away.

Another rural school in Teesdale would also shut next summer - and two others merge - under proposals leaked by a local councillor.

Our Education Correspondent Tom Sheldrick reports.

Motorcyclist seriously injured during crash

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured during a road traffic collision near Middleton-in-Teesdale.

The driver lost control on a bend and sustained pelvis and back injuries, the Great North Air Ambulance have said.

The injured man was treated at scene before being flown to James Cook University Hospital. He arrived at the hospital in Middlesbrough in a stable condition.

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