Family of drowned Sunderland teenager praise rescue teams for their efforts

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THE devastated family of river drowning victim Jordan Roberts today gave heartfelt thanks to those who tried in vain to save the teenager’s life.

Jordan, 17, died in the River Wear last month after getting into difficulty in water at Finchale Priory, close to Finchale Abbey.

skate park tribute: Mark Macdee (seated front) and Jordan's friends have created a memorial to him at Downhill Sports Complex, Sunderland.

skate park tribute: Mark Macdee (seated front) and Jordan's friends have created a memorial to him at Downhill Sports Complex, Sunderland.

A major rescue operation involving more than 20 members from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team was launched in an attempt to save him.

But Jordan’s body was found on the morning of Tuesday, September 9, after he went missing the afternoon before.

His older brother Callum, 19, was pulled from the river and, after CPR was administered, had to recover at University Hospital of North Durham.

Heartbroken friends of Jordan, a former Red House Academy pupil who lived in Downhill in Sunderland, showed their support by leaving tributes to him at a skate park close to where he grew up.

Hundreds turned out for a memorial event in which Chinese lanterns were released into the sky.

Jordan’s mum and dad, Brenda and George, are still too upset to speak about his death, but his sister Sophie, 21, today told the Echo of the family’s gratitude to those who tried their best to save him.

“We, Jordan’s family, want to thank everyone for everything they have done, the mountain rescue team, diving team and everyone else who helped to recover Jordan,” said Sophie.

“We’d also like to say a special thank you to superintendent Andy Huddleston and the police liaison officer Vicky and her colleagues.”

Sophie added: “There have been a great deal of events held to help with the costs of Jordan’s funeral.

“His friends Brooklyn Lamb, Analise Barraclough, Ellis Golightly, Josh Nicholson, Jack Greaves and his family, Darson Lee Johnson, Simon Brewster, Brad Jones, Jamie Lister, Clayton McKenna and so many more have all done sponsored runs, walks and bike rides to help.

“Auldersons Bin Cleaning have done a collection and Pembrook Court have had a coffee morning to help too.

“There has been total of £2,647 raised and we can’t thank people enough.

“It’s amazing how people can come together at a time like this to help people.

“We would also like to thank Steven Roberts for his help and Graeme from TP Bradbury’s Funeral directors.”

Jordan’s funeral was held at Holy Trinity Church, in Southwick, on Tuesday, September 23.