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Father of drowned teenager pays tribute to his son

The father of Aaron Burgess, the teenager who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford earlier this week, has described his son as 'a fantastic, happy go lucky boy'.

Jay Burgess also warned other teenagers about the dangers of swimming in rivers.

Aaron was a fantastic happy go lucky boy. He was very popular and he was loved by everybody. I'm completely devastated by what's happened and I will miss him so terribly.

I am grateful for all of the kind words of support from his friends and the cards and flowers which have been left.

I am also extremely grateful for the efforts of all of the emergency services and the Search & Rescue Teams.

I know that everything was done to save him but unfortunately it was just not possible.

I can only hope now that other young people realise the dangers of swimming near weirs and in rivers.

– Jay Burgess

Friends gather at the spot where teenager drowned

More flowers have continued to arrive at the spot where a teenager drowned near Bath.

Friends and classmates of fourteen year old Aaron Burgess have been gathering at Saltford weir, where his body was found on Tuesday evening.

Memories of Aaron, from Longwell Green, are being collected in a book.

His death has led to calls for greater safety measures at the spot which is popular with swimmers in hot weather.

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Flowers placed at scene of teenager's death

Friends and family of Aaron Burgess, the teenager who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford last night, have been laying tributes at the scene.

The 14 year old's body was found by police divers at about 11.30pm last night.

He had been swimming with friends in the stretch of the river between Bristol and Bath when he disappeared under the water and did not resurface.

Jesse Stroud was one of several friends with Aaron and tried in vain to save him. He has revisited the spot today to pay his respects.

Tributes paid to drowned teenager

Aaron Burgess' family and friends have set up a tribute page on Facebook. Credit: Facebook

The teenage boy who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford, near Bath, has been named as Aaron Burgess.

His family and friends have set up a tribute page on Facebook.

The 14-year-old was cooling off in a stretch of the River Avon between Bristol and Bath yesterday evening when he disappeared under the water and did not resurface.

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Police dive teams recover body from River Avon

Emergency services searching for a teenager feared drowned in the River Avon have recovered a body from the water.

The 14-year-old boy was last seen swimming with friends at Saltford near Bath before the alarm was raised yesterday evening.

Police divers made the discovery at about 11.30 last night. His next of kin have been informed. Volunteers from the boating community helped with the search. His friends are said to be 'distraught'.

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Multi-agency operation to find missing boy

Volunteers are among those searching for a missing boy last seen swimming in the River Avon. Avon and Somerset Police, Avon Fire and the ambulance service are all at the scene this evening. Roads in the area were initially closed to allow emergency vehicles access.

Emergency services were called just before 6pm. Specialist equipment is being used to search for the teenager. The boy's next of kin have been told about his disappearance.

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