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31 August 2016, 09:52
A teenage boy has died after he was pulled from the sea in Sunderland by emergency services following a search and rescue operation.
The 17-year-old had got into difficulty at the mouth of the River Wear, Sunderland, after heading out in a dinghy with three other teenagers.
Northumbria Police said that after being rescued by the RNLI, the boy died from his injuries at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.
UPDATED 20th August 2016, 6:45pm
A 17-year-old boy who was pulled from the sea by the emergency services after a search and rescue operation is in a critical condition.
The teenager, along with three others, is understood to have got into difficulties in a dinghy at the mouth of the River Wear, near to the Old Pier at Sunderland Yacht Club.
At around 3.22pm the teenager, along with another 17-year-old, were spotted in the water.
Emergency services were able to rescue the second boy as well as two teenage girls from the dinghy - but the 17-year-old remained missing.
Following a multi-agency search, at around 5.10pm the police helicopter spotted something in the water. RNLI lifeguards retrieved a male who was then airlifted to the RVI hospital with serious injuries.
Northumbria Police said it is thought the boys had been in the dinghy when they got out to swim before getting into difficulty.
The 17-year-old is in a critical condition, while the other three teenagers are in a stable condition, police said.
UPDATED 30th August 2015, 3pm
A 17 year old boy is missing after four teenagers got into difficulty in a dinghy in the sea.
A search and rescue operation is underway for the boy after he was spotted in the water with another 17 year old boy at 3.22pm at the mouth of the River Wear, near to the Old Pier at Sunderland Yacht Club.
Emergency services were able to rescue the second boy from the water as well as two teenage girls from the dinghy.
Northumbria Police said it is thought the boys had been in the dinghy when they got out to swim in the water and got into difficulty.
Two helicopters and two RNLI lifeboats could be seen searching for the boy off the coast.