Father-of-two Wadud Abdul died of cold water shock

A much-loved teacher from Newcastle died on a family day out to celebrate his birthday when he went into shock after jumping into the water, an inquest has heard. 36-year-old father-of-two Wadud Abdul was with his wife, Cheryl, and their two children at Low Force beauty spot in County Durham, when he leapt into the river on a pleasant day in May. He did not resurface and after a major search by the emergency services his body was recovered the next day. The Coroner concluded that Mr Abdul died as a result of an accident.

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Schoolchildren unveil fort in memory of their teacher

Children have paid a special tribute to one of their favourite teachers who died after suffering cold water shock on a family day out in May.

Pupils and staff at Hadrian's School completed Wadud Abdul's dream of building a Roman Fort in the school grounds on his behalf, which has been dedicated to him as a permanent memorial.

His widow Cheryl, mother of his children Mya and Isa, said: "Wadud was a very loved man and his death has touched all who knew him.

"I'm deeply touched that his friends and colleagues have continued his work in raising the funds and building the structure that he had planned for the children at the school."

She added: "I am very proud that the school intend to dedicate the Roman dwelling to my husband and I very much look forward to seeing the finished result at the opening ceremony next Wednesday.

Mr Abdul had a special interest in the Romans and some of his pupils dressed up to form a special guard of honour for his family.

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A recent inquest heard how Mr Abdul's random and unpredictable death was due to his body going into shock on sudden immersion in cold water when he jumped in at Low Force near Middleton-in-Teesdale, during a day out to celebrate his 36th birthday.


Head teacher's tribute to Wadud Abdul

Wadud Abdul

The head teacher at the Newcastle school where Wadud Abdul taught has sent a letter of tribute to parents, governors and Friends of Hadrian School.

Mr Abdul was celebrating his 36th birthday at a family picnic during half term when he got into difficulties in the River Tees at Low Force, and died.

Head teacher Chris Rollings described Mr Abdul, who had taught at the school for ten years, as passionate, committed and hard working.

He said 'our thoughts, love and best wishes go to his wife Cheryl and young family Mya and Isa'.

Anyone who wants to make a donation in Mr Abdul's memory, or leave a message to support his family can do so here

Special assembly for primary school teacher

A special assembly is taking place this lunchtime to pay tribute to a primary school teacher who died last week.

36 year old Wadud Abdul died during a family half-term trip to a Durham beauty spot on Thursday to celebrate his 36th birthday.

Mr Abdul taught at the Hadrian School in Benwell, where teachers and children are having a special service to remember him.

Body identified as Wadud Abdul

Durham Constabulary say that a body discovered in the River Tees is that of Wadud Abdul.

Police divers found Mr Abdul’s body at Low Force near to Middleton-in-Teesdale, near to the spot where he had been swimming.


Man missing in River Tees is named

Police have named a man who is missing in the River Tees as Wadud Abdul from the Westgate Road area of Newcastle.

Mr Abdul, who is a teacher at The Hadrian School in Benwell, was enjoying a family day out at Low Force near to Middleton-in-Teesdale yesterday, his 36th birthday, when he decided to go swimming.

After jumping into the river he appeared to get into difficulty. Emergency services were alerted at 3.30pm and an extensive search operation began.

Durham Constabulary along with the fire and ambulance service and with assistance from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team are continuing with the search this afternoon.

Reservoir flow to be reduced to aid river search

Searches continue in River Tees Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham Police has asked Northumbria Water to reduce the flow of water from Cow Green Reservoir into the River Tees to aid the search for a missing man.

The man was seen getting into difficulty around Low Force and Wynch Bridge near Middleton-in-Teesdale on Thursday afternoon, 28 May.

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