FRIENDS and family of a heroic teenager who died trying to save a friend from drowning have released dozens of balloons to remember her.
Tonibeth Purvis, 15, and Chloe Fowler, 14, died last week after getting into difficulty in a stretch of the water in Fatfield.
Tonibeth, from Barmston, was hailed a hero after diving in to try to save Chloe, of Shiney Row. Sadly the pair drowned.
A fundraising memorial event took place this afternoon at the Millennium Centre, in Concord, Washington, which Tonibeth’s mum Charlene attended.
Balloons were released in honour of Tonibeth, with friends wearing T-shirts with a picture of her on and bearing the words “Born a princess, died a hero”.