Kieran Knight family pay tribute to drowned teenager

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Media captionThe teenager from Newhall had been swimming with his dad when he got into trouble on Wednesday

The family of a British teenager who died while swimming off the French coast have described him as a "much loved son".

Kieran Knight, 16, disappeared while swimming with his father near the town of Messanges close to the Spanish border, on 24 July.

It is thought he was swept away from the coast by a sea current.

The family of Kieran, who is believed to have been from the Newhall area of Derbyshire, have asked for privacy.

A family statement issued through the Foreign and Commonwealth office said: "On Wednesday 24th July, while holidaying with his family on the Atlantic coast in south-west France, Kieran Knight, aged 16, got caught by a strong undercurrent and was unable to make his way back to shore.

"Despite extensive ongoing searches by the French authorities, Kieran has not been located.

"Kieran's family would like to request privacy at this time to come to terms with this tragic event concerning their much loved son."

A body has been found in the area but no formal identification has been made.

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