Tributes to Sunderland teenager Jordan Roberts after Finchale Abbey tragedy

Finchale Priory yesterday
Finchale Priory yesterday
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TRIBUTES were today paid to a Wearside teenager who drowned in the River Wear.

Police recovered the body of Jordan Roberts, 17, from the Wear about 300m west of Finchale Priory in Durham City yesterday afternoon.

Former Red House Academy Jordan, from Sunderland, visited the popular beauty spot near to Finchale Abbey caravan park – on Monday.

He was swimming in the river with one of his brothers when he got into difficulty.

A family friend, believed to be in his 20s, is being hailed a hero by police after he pulled Jordan’s brother from the water and administered CPR on the riverbank.

He was taken to the University of North Durham Hospital where he was kept overnight.

But Jordan could not be saved and a full-scale rescue was launched involving emergency services and about 20 members from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.

The search was called off at 9.30pm on Monday but police underwater teams and Durham firefighters resumed their efforts yesterday morning.

A body was discovered ain a deep pool in the centre of the river at about 10am.

Superintendent Andy Huddleston of Durham Police said: “The rescuer is very upset by what happened because he was unable to rescue Jordan.

“What he did can only be described as heroic, he saved the brother’s life.”

Depending on the weather, the river at Finchale is only a few inches deep in places, and much of the bedrock is often above water level.

The deep pool in which Jordan drowned may have been created by a Second World War German bomber.

There was an ammunition store at nearby Brasside, which was a target for the Luftwaffe

Some of the bombs missed their target and fell in the river, creating craters.

Supt Huddleston said Jordan’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.

He added: “We believe the body we found to be that of Jordan. It is obviously a very difficult time for his family.”

His former school today said it was too soon to comment.

Friends of Jordan have set up an online tribute page on Facebook called RIP Jordan Roberts ‘sleep tight with the angels bro.‘

Stacey Hicks wrote: “RIP Jordan lad. Gone far too soon. Sleep tight.

Liam Mould said: “RIP Jordan mate. It’s not going to be the same with out you pal xx”

Girlfriend Courtney Baker left a message saying: “Love you Jordan, you will never be forgotten.”