River Taf incident, Cardiff

Written by on 22nd June 2022

A 13-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in a river with friends.

Emergency services were called to the River Taff near Forest Farm Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff, at about 4:45 yesterday evening after reports of a missing child.

His body was discovered about an hour later following a search by fire crews, the Coastguard and a police helicopter.

The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by police.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Abi Biddle said:

“At 4.45pm today, Tuesday June 21, a report was received of children in the River Taff near Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff and one boy was missing.

“An extensive search was carried out by police, fire, ambulance, coastguard and the police helicopter.

“The missing 13-year-old boy was located in the river at around 5.45pm and, despite the efforts of the emergency services, he was unable to be resuscitated.

“The boy’s family has been informed and are being supported at this time.

“HM Coroner has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.”


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