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Parents of River Wear teen: "What happened was just an accident"

The funeral of 15-year-old Tonibeth Purvis, who died in the River Wear last week while trying to save her friend Chloe Fowler, has taken place in her hometown of Washington.

In a eulogy delivered by the Rev Canon David Glover, he said:

"One thing that has profoundly moved me in this is that Tonibeth's parents want it made clear that that what happened was just an accident - no one was to blame - no one should live with any guilt about this.

"This was just a tragic accident.

"But if there is any consolation for you it may be in the fact that Tonibeth died trying to help her friend.

"She died a hero but most important she died a friend."

– Rev Canon David Glover

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