River Avon boat accident survivor leaves hospital

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Aerial footage of the River Avon weir

A boy who was rescued from the River Avon after a boating accident in which his father and three-year-old brother died has been discharged from hospital.

The boy's sister, who was also rescued after the incident in Barford on Saturday, remains in hospital in Leicester.

The family's rowing boat capsized in strong waters at a weir.

The bodies of the man and his son, named locally as Julian Mynott and Freddie, were recovered hours later.

Residents helped rescue the two other children.

The girl, Florence, believed to be aged six, had suffered a cardiac arrest and CPR was performed on her at the scene of the accident.

'Difficult and tragic'

The boy, Archie, aged seven, was taken to hospital in Warwick, conscious but poorly.

Police said the names of the victims would not be officially released until formal identification had been carried out.

On Sunday, floral tributes were left on the bridge which runs over the river in the village.

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Floral tributes were left on a bridge which runs over the river

Ally Bonner-Evans, a local pub landlady with experience working as a lifeguard, tried to help emergency services from a boat owned by her parents.

A statement issued by Warwickshire Police said: "All the emergency services involved in the operation have expressed their thanks to the people of Barford for their help and support during what has been an extremely difficult and tragic incident and their thoughts are with the bereaved."

Barford resident John Murphy said the family were new to what was a "lovely community" and that villagers' thoughts were with them.

Charles Barlow, who also lives in Barford, said the community was shocked and saddened by what had happened.

"As kids we used to canoe up and down the river with Scouts," he said.

"From what I've heard and where the family live I think they've gone over the main weir, the sheer weir, which is probably about two or three metres high.

"I think there's a step at the bottom of it so if they've hit the step I would have thought any boat would have been in trouble."

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