Boy who died in the River Thames named as family warn others about water safety

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who drowned in the River Thames in Gloucestershire.

Jake Smith, from Swindon, Wiltshire, has been named as the victim of the tragic accident during the bank holiday.

Gloucestershire Police were called at about 10pm on Sunday after he was spotted in the River Thames near Lechlade-on-Thames.

The 17-year-old had been swimming with four friends when he got into trouble in the water.

A search operation was launched after he did not resurface, with the emergency services and a helicopter scanning the area.

Some 18 hours later, divers pulled Jake’s body out of the river and it has since been formally identified.

A statement released by his family said: ‘We unfortunately lost Jake in a tragic accident.

‘The support and messages we have received have been overwhelming, and shows the love that people had. Jake will be missed by all his family and friends.

‘We would like to thank the emergency services, the community and especially The Riverside for their kindness and support.

‘Although this was a tragic accident, we urge people to stop and think before they jump into the river.’

At this time his death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Four teens are understood to have been pulled from the water and taken to safety at The Riverside pub.

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