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River Cam Death: Tributes To Andrew Collings
A 12-year-old boy found dead after going into the River Cam near Cambridge has been named as Andrew Collings.
Cambridgeshire Police confirmed his body was recovered at around 3am following a major search operation.
Witnesses had reported seeing him enter the water on Tuesday evening.
Police and other emergency services began searching after reports the boy did not resurface after going into the river at Lammas Land, the Fen Causeway, at about 6pm.
Andrew attended the Cambridge's Netherall School. His headteacher spoke of her sorrow at his death after his body was discovered.
Principal Caroline McKenney said: "The school extends its deepest condolences to Andy's family. When the time is right we will speaking to his family and students at the school to find a suitable way of remembering him."
According to the Cambridge News, the boy's family watched as officers, paramedics, fire crews and a police helicopter searched the water. Rescue teams were seen dredging the river bed.
One witness told the paper: "The police helicopter was up and the firefighters were everywhere. They were going up and down the river looking for a child.
"We heard that four boys had gone into the river but only three came out and one didn't."
Donna Frost said her son Charlie had been playing with Andrew and others earlier in the evening.
She said: "Apparently two or three of them jumped in and one managed to get hold of him but couldn't save him.
"Charlie feels terrible because he had been playing with him but came home for his tea.
"He thinks if he'd stayed he may have been able to save him but perhaps he would have got in trouble himself."
"Kids always jump in the river here but it's not dredged and there are no life rings. We're all cut up about it, he was such a lovely lad."
School friends have left flowers on a bench near the river bank.
A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service said: "We received the call at 6.11pm to an incident involving a 12-year-old boy in water.
"We sent three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a land crew from East Anglia Air Ambulance."