A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death at an inquest for 2 teenage girls who drowned in the River Wear.
14-year-old Chloe Fowler was playing in the water near Washington when she got into difficulties.
Her 15-year-old friend Tonibeth Purvis tried to save her.
Jonny Blair reports.
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