Divers find bodies of river girls
Dive teams have recovered the bodies of two teenage girls who went missing as they played in a fast-flowing river, Northumbria Police have said.
The pair were spotted getting into trouble as they played in the River Wear at Fatfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear, at around 3pm on Tuesday.
Search teams located the body of one of the teenagers and a subsequent search of the same stretch of river later found the second.
The force said the families of both girls, who have not yet been identified, had been informed.
A Northumbria police spokesman said: "Search dive teams have found a second body of a female. Families of both girls have been informed.
"Both bodies have been taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. Activities at the river will now be scaled down and inquiries will be carried out into the circumstances of the incident."
An off-duty policeman and a member of the public tried to save the pair before around 100 emergency service personnel joined the search and rescue effort.
A Northumbria Police spokesman revealed the bodies of the two girls had been recovered.
Earlier, Superintendent Alan Veitch said the rescuers were alerted after the pair were spotted "in difficulty".
He said: "One was an off-duty police officer going for a run who dived in and saved a boy who was trying to save one of the missing girls. Another gentleman dived in and swam the width of the river to get to one of the girls but he came up empty-handed. He was distraught, as you can imagine."