“We love you,” Friends’ farewell to River Wear tragedy girls

Friends of the two teenagers throw flowers in the river where Tonibeth Purvis, 15, from Barmston, Washington, Tyne and Wear, and Chloe Fowler, 14, from Shiney Row, near Sunderland, died after getting into trouble. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Friends of the two teenagers throw flowers in the river where Tonibeth Purvis, 15, from Barmston, Washington, Tyne and Wear, and Chloe Fowler, 14, from Shiney Row, near Sunderland, died after getting into trouble. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
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FRIENDS of tragic teenagers Chloe Fowler and Tonibeth Purvis throw flowers into the fast-flowing River Wear that claimed their lives.

The girls drowned after Tonibeth tried to save Chloe who got into difficulties in the water.

More than 100 emergency services were called to a stretch near Fatfield Bridge to help search for the schoolgirls after the alarm was raised just after 3pm on Tuesday.

Their bodies were discovered hours later. Police said Tonibeth, 15, entered the water in a desperate bid to save her friend Chloe, 14.

About 20 teenagers stood in mourning by the riverbank to sing farewell to their friends.

The youngsters sang Adele’s hit song Someone Like You while throwing flowers on to the water.

They were in tears as they called out: “We love you, Chloe and Tonibeth.”