Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024

Boy, 15, found dead after 'getting into difficulty' in river is named

A 15-year-old boy who was found dead after getting into difficulty in a river in Carlisle has been named.

Lewis Michael Kirkpatrick was one of four friends who were seen struggling in the River Eden on Friday evening.

He had gone missing following the incident near Rosehill at around 6.40pm but his body was sadly later discovered yesterday afternoon after a search operation.

The teenager was found at around 1.30pm and was formally identified today.

Another boy, aged 14, was airlifted to hospital where he still remains in a critical condition.

One of the group managed to swim to safety and the other was pulled from the water by a member of the public.

Chief superintendent Lisa Hogan said yesterday: ‘This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the 15-year-old boy at this difficult time.’

A statement released by Cumbria Police today said: ‘Police can confirm that a body located in the River Eden has been formally identified as Lewis Michael Kirkpatrick, aged 15, from Carlisle.

‘Lewis’s body was found shortly after 1:30pm yesterday (27 May) following an extensive multi-agency search operation.

‘The search operation commenced after it was reported that he and three other teenage boys had got into difficulty in the River Eden near Rosehill, Carlisle, on Friday evening.

‘A 14-year-old boy, who was airlifted to hospital on Friday evening, remains in a critical condition.

‘One of the group managed to swim to safety, while another was rescued safely by a member of the public. 

‘Both were checked over by medical professionals.’

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