A 14-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the River Tyne, Northumberland.

Shortly after 3.30pm yesterday (May, 18), Northumbria Police received a report of concern for the welfare of two teenage boys who were in the river near the bridge at Ovingham.

A 13-year-old was also pulled from the waters.

He was taken to hospital where he currently remains in a critical condition.

A number of organisations conducted a thorough search of the area in a bid to locate the second boy.

Sadly, the 14-year-old’s body was later found in the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Currently, the families of the two boys are receiving emotional support from specialist police officers.

Chief Superintendent Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is an absolutely tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families of both boys at this difficult time as we continue to support them.

“A number of agencies were involved in the incident and their support was hugely appreciated.

“It is with great sadness that we could not provide a more positive update.”