River Wear deaths: Two teenagers named locally

Two teenage girls, whose bodies were found by divers in the River Wear yesterday, have been named locally as Chloe Fowler and Toni-Beth Purvis.

The pair got into difficulty on a fast-flowing part of the river at around 3pm yesterday.

The teenage girls got into difficulty in the River Wear on Tuesday afternoon Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

An off-duty policeman and a member of the public tried to save the girls before emergency service personnel joined the search and rescue effort.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said that the two bodies had been taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and that the families had been informed.

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Tributes to river death teens

Two teenage girls, whose bodies were found by divers in the River Wear yesterday, have been named as Chloe Fowler, 14, and fifteen-year-old Tonibeth Purvis. The pair got into difficulty on a fast-flowing part of the river yesterday afternoon.