Alex Chappell River Medway rope swing death accidental

Alex Chappell
Image caption Alex Chappell fell from a temporary rope swing into the River Medway in May 2011

The death of a 12-year-old boy who fell into Kent's River Medway and drowned was accidental, a coroner has ruled.

Alex Chappell got into difficulties after playing on a temporary rope swing over the water at a park in Tovil, near Maidstone on May 2011.

The youngster's body was pulled from the water by fire crews on 30 May but paramedics were unable to revive him.

Mid Kent and Medway Coroner Patricia Harding said: "This was an accidental death, a very tragic accident."

Following his death, Alex's parents, Gina Tweddell and Adam Ottaway, said he would be remembered for the "joy, the fun, the cheekiness and the stubbornness you gave us".

Police, fire and ambulance teams were called to the River Medway after Alex fell into the water.

A passer-by dived in to help but was unable to find him in the deep water.

Fire teams later found his body but paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at Maidstone Hospital.

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