Sunderland teen drowned when river trip turned to tragedy

JORDAN ROBERTS ... died when a trip to the River Wear near Finchale Abbey turned to tragedy.
JORDAN ROBERTS ... died when a trip to the River Wear near Finchale Abbey turned to tragedy.
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A SUNDERLAND teenager drowned when an afternoon out on the River Wear turned to tragedy, an inquest heard today.

The hearing into the death of Jordan Roberts, of Kidsgrove Square, Downhill, heard frantic efforts were made to find him after he disappeared beneath the water near Finchale Abbey, Durham, on the afternoon of Monday, September 8, last year.

Friend Robert Scott told the hearing in Crook he pulled Jordan’s brother Callum free from a deep section of the river and gave him CPR.

He then helped raise the alarm with the emergency services when he could not see Jordan.

The 17-year-old was found by Northumbria Police divers the next morning below 2.1 metres of water, just a short distance from where he was last seen.

The hearing was told the cause of Jordan’s death was drowning.

No drink or drugs were found in his system.

Mr Scott told the hearing he, Callum and Jordan had been in the river walking with his dog earlier that day, and returned to the spot after collecting the Roberts’ younger brother George from school.

They were walking through the water, throwing a ball to each other, but tragedy struck after the brothers got into trouble in a part of the river said to be up to four metres deep.

Coroner Andrew Tweddle said he will write to the landlord of the abbey and to Durham County Council, which each hold the responsibility for the river and its banks, urging them to put up better warning signs about the dangers of going into the river.

He said the council notices already up which the group passed on their way to the stretch of water were “not fit for purpose.”

Mr Tweddle recorded a verdict of accidental death.