Tragedy as boy, 13, dies after being pulled from river

A 13-year-old boy was pulled from the River Taff in Cardiff but tragically died after he could not be resuscitated. 

A major search and rescue operation took place for the boy who was reported missing at 4.45pm on Tuesday.

Police were told that children had been seen playing in the River Taff, near Forest Farm, in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Emergency services, including a National Police Air Service helicopter from St Athan began a search of the area which eventually led to the discovery of the 13-year-old boy but he could not be saved.

South Wales Police said it “can confirm a 13-year-old boy has died. This follows a search of the River Taff at Whitchurch, Cardiff, earlier this evening.”

Detective Inspector Abi Biddle stated: “At 4.45pm today (Tuesday, June 21), a report was received of children in the River Taff near Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff and one boy was missing.”

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