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Search is underway for two teenagers missing after entering the Tyne at Ovingham

A major search operation is underway for two teenagers after they went missing in the River Tyne on Saturday afternoon.

The youths jumped into the water near Ovingham Bridge, Northumberland, at around 3.30pm, Northumbria Police said.

Emergency services including ambulances, police and fire and rescue teams are currently on scene.

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A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 3.30pm today (Saturday), police received a report of concern for the welfare of two teenagers who had been experiencing difficulties in the water near Ovingham Bridge in Northumberland.

“Emergency services were deployed immediately. There is a large multi-agency presence in the area and we ask the public not to gather where possible to allow those on site to carry out their duties.

“Anyone with information that may help is asked to contact police via appointment log 101 NP-20240518-0720.”

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said its crews were called to “reports of concerns of two people in the water”. He said he had also asked for support from the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

A spokesperson for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service added: “We are working with the police, ambulance service and mountain rescue at this time.”