A SCHOOLBOY has died after he and his friends got into difficulty while swimming in their local river.

Cops confirmed the tragedy today, while another boy, aged 14, remains in "critical condition".

Emergency services were called to the River Eden, Cumbria, at around 6.41pm yesterday after reports that the group were in peril.

The younger boy was airlifted to hospital, while the older was found in the river this afternoon.

He has not been formally identified, but his family have been informed and are receiving support.

A file on the case will be passed to the coroner.


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Two other teens managed to escape the water, authorities confirmed.

One was able to swim to safety while the other was rescued by a heroic member of the public.

Both have since been evaluated by medical professionals.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Hogan of Cumbria Constabulary said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the 15-year-old boy at this difficult time.

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"An extensive search operation has taken place since the incident was reported yesterday evening.

"The search activity was assisted by emergency services, search and rescue teams, and specialist search professionals from Cumbria and from outside the county."

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