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UK News Boy died in river trying to save two friends

20:05  09 january  2018
20:05  09 january  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: Owen Jenkins, who died in the River Trent trying to save two friends . A 12-year-old boy died trying to save two of his friends after they got into difficulty in a river , an inquest has heard.

Somehow the 8-year-old boy fell into Snake River , which is known by locals for having a strong undercurrent. Both Jose and Martin jumped into the water in an attempt to save the boy , but sadly both men were swept away.

Owen Jenkins, who died in the River Trent trying to save two friends © PA Owen Jenkins, who died in the River Trent trying to save two friends

A 12-year-old boy died trying to save two of his friends after they got into difficulty in a river, an inquest has heard.

Owen Jenkins was swept away by a current after lifting his friend Jorgie Myers out of the River Trent.

He decided to enter a stretch called Beeston Weir because Jorgie and another girl Chelsea Holroyd shouted they were in trouble, Nottinghamshire Coroner's Court was told.

Owen's body was found by an underwater rescue team four hours after he went missing.

A post-mortem examination found he died from drowning and that there were no illicit or prescribed substances in his system.

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Somehow the 8-year-old boy fell into Snake River , which is known by locals for having a strong undercurrent. Both Jose and Martin jumped into the water in an attempt to save the boy , but sadly both men were swept away.

A young boy named Ali did the unthinkable and tragically lost his life. As seen in the video that went viral, Ali stood on a rock next to the River Jehlum, minutes away from death, as his friends became his worst Nobody was able to save him because a river is meant to be stayed away from, not jumped in.

Coroner Mairin Casey said Owen was at the weir at around 6pm on 10 July last year with four friends: Jorgie, Chelsea, Paige Haworth and Emma Keeton.

The father, mother and brother of Owen Jenkins, Gary, Nicola and Jordan Jenkins © PA The father, mother and brother of Owen Jenkins, Gary, Nicola and Jordan Jenkins Summarising events, the coroner said: "At some point they got into some kind of trouble in the water and clearly Paige, Emma and Owen became aware of that and perceived Jorgie and Chelsea to be having difficulty.

"It was at that point that Chelsea and Jorgie were in trouble and he took the decision to enter the water himself. Owen undressed and entered the water.

"He managed to throw her some distance (towards the shore) before he himself couldn't resist the current."

Jorgie said in a statement read to the court: "I started to panic because I could feel the water pulling me. I didn't know what to do because I couldn't swim.

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"I screamed to Owen 'help us, we're floating away, we need help!'"

The coroner said Owen shouted to Emma to get Chelsea while he rescued Jorgie.

Jorgie's statement continued: "I was pulled out of the water, I saw that Owen had got to me and lifted me up like someone carrying a baby.

"He then dropped me and told me to lay on my back and drift back to the shore."

Owen - who was a talented runner and rugby player - has been hailed as a hero by his family and the community around Beeston Weir, the inquest was told.

The coroner concluded that Owen suffered an accidental death when he drowned.

She told Owen's family: "I have been humbled by your dignity throughout this process. There will always be exceptional children like Owen who selflessly help others.

"It's entirely in keeping with this young man's personality that his immediate response was to warn others to help carry those who were struggling and enter the water himself."

The hearing was attended by his mother Nicola, 42, his brother, Jordan, and his father, Gary, 43, who wore a purple t-shirt that read "for Owen".

A local councillor, Ruth Hyde, of Broxtowe Borough Council, said her authority had since agreed to erect warning notices, a barrier and life saving equipment.

MP Anna Soubry was one of those who took part in a campaign to get the safety equipment installed.

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