Hereford & Worcester

Redditch river teenager named as Richard Fellows

River near Five Tunnels
Image caption The river runs near to the 2.5 mile-wide Arrow Valley Country Park

A 15-year-old boy who died after getting into difficulty in a river has been named.

Richard Fellows, from Brockhill, Worcestershire, died in hospital on Sunday after swimming with friends near Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch.

Emergency services rescued him about two hours after the alarm was raised at about 12:20 GMT.

Two other teenage boys were also rescued and treated for minor injuries at the scene.

'Sorely missed'

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "Officers entered the water and searched for some time together with specialist fire officers, who recovered the boy.

"Immediate medical attention was administered and later at the hospital, but despite best efforts the boy was pronounced dead later that afternoon."

A report is being prepared for the Worcestershire coroner.

Headteacher of Trinity High School Marion Barton said the GCSE student was well respected among fellow students.

"We've arranged counselling and support for all of our youngsters who are very upset by the tragedy which happened yesterday involving Richard."

Tributes have also been paid on Twitter, with one reading: "My sincerest condolences to Richard Fellow's family, he will be sorely missed #sleeptight."

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