A 13-year-old boy has died after being reported missing in the River Taff, Cardiff. A major search and rescue operation resulted in him being pulled from the water, but he could not be revived
A 13 year old boy was pulled from the River Taff in Cardiff but tragically died after being unable to revive.
A major search and rescue operation took place for the boy, who was reported missing, at 4.45pm on Tuesday.
Police have been told children have been seen playing in the River Taff near Forest Farm in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
Emergency services, including a St Athan National Police Air Service helicopter, began a search of the area that eventually led to the discovery of the 13-year-old boy, but he could not be rescued.
Detective Inspector Abi Biddle said: “At 4.45pm today (Tuesday 21 June) a report was received of children in the River Taff near Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff and a boy missing.
“An extensive search was carried out by the police, fire brigade, ambulance, coast guard and the police helicopter.
“The missing 13-year-old boy was found in the river around 5.45pm and could not be resuscitated despite the efforts of the emergency services.
“The boy’s family has been informed and is receiving support at this time. HM Coroner has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.”
A local wrote on social media that he saw up to 25 rescue vehicles parked by the Whitchurch water wheel just after 5pm.
Many people have now expressed their condolences to the family following the tragedy.
One person wrote: “The message the congregation was praying for we wouldn’t hear. Heartfelt condolences to the poor boy’s family and friends. My heart breaks for everyone affected by this tragedy, including the emergency services involved in the search.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-boy-13-dies-after-27296377 The 13-year-old boy dies after being pulled from the Cardiff River when the search operation ended in tragedy