Friends of a teenage boy who died in the River Avon today described how a day out in the sun to make the most of the summer holidays ended in tragedy.
The body of the 14-year-old was pulled from the river at around 11.30pm last night. Named locally as Aaron Burgess from Longwell Green, the teen had been playing with friends in the river when he got into difficulty.
Despite attempts to save him by his friends the youngster failed to resurface sparking a massive rescue operation by emergency services shortly before 6pm.
Floral tributes have been left at Saltford Weir where the group had been playing.
Jesse Stroud was among the friends playing in the water and frantically tried to help his pal.
The youngster described his terror as the tragedy unfolded. He said he thought passersby believed they were messing around.
After six hours rescue workers discovered a body in the water.
Tributes have been paid on social networking site Facebook where a page has been set up in his memory.
The body is expected to be formally identified later today.