Boy, 14, dies and another boy, 13, in critical condition after entering River Tyne

A 14-year-old boy has died and a 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne.

Emergency teams launched a large rescue operation yesterday afternoon after receiving reports two boys had got into trouble in the water near Ovingham, Northumberland.

One of the boys, aged 13, was rescued from the river and taken to hospital, where he remains "in a critical condition", Northumbria Police said in a statement on Sunday morning.

A huge search, which involved the police, ambulance, fire and mountain rescue services, then continued as crews raced to find the second boy.

"Sadly, the 14-year-old's body was later found in the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene," police said.

Chief Superintendent Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police, said it was an "absolutely tragic incident".

She added: "Our thoughts are with the families of both boys at this difficult time as we continue to support them.

"A number of agencies were involved in the incident and their support was hugely appreciated.

"It is with great sadness that we could not provide a more positive update."

Police said the parents of both boys are being supported by specially-trained officers.