Friends of the girls at the river site where they died
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River Wear deaths: Girl died trying to save friend

24 July 2013 Last updated at 20:04 BST

One of two teenage girls who died in the River Wear only went into the water to try to rescue her friend, Northumbria Police have said.

Tonibeth Purvis, 15, from Barmston, tried to help Chloe Fowler, 14, from Shiney Row, after she got into difficulty near a viaduct in Fatfield, Washington, on Tuesday afternoon.

Both girls were swept away and their bodies discovered later.

Danny Savage reports.