First pictures released of tragic schoolboy who drowned in Welsh river

Pictured: Tragic boy, 13, who drowned after he was dragged under flowing water while swimming in a Swansea river with his friends after school

  • Kane Edwards, 13, named as tragic victim who drowned in River Tawe, Swansea 
  • Teenager had entered the water with friends on Tuesday but got into difficulty  
  • Police, fire, ambulance and coastguard all launched an extensive search for boy 
  • Police have formally identified a teenage boy who drowned while swimming in a river with his friends after school.

    Kane Edwards, 13, had entered the River Tawe in Swansea but soon got into difficulty and was dragged under the flowing water.

    His school friends were unable to find him before he was found unconscious an hour later following an extensive search involving police, fire, ambulance and coastguard personnel, and a helicopter on the evening of Tuesday, May 24.

    Sporty Kane, who played rugby for Morriston U14, was tragically pronounced dead at the River Tawe in Morriston, Swansea. 

    A spokesman for South Wales Police said: ‘South Wales Police can confirm that the boy who died after getting into difficulties in the River Tawe yesterday was 13-year-old Kane Edwards from Morriston. 

    ‘His family is being supported by specially-trained officers. They have asked that they be left to grieve and come to terms with their loss in private.’

    Friends, teachers and family all paid tribute to the tragic teenager who was described as a ‘sweet boy’.

    Martin Franklin, headteacher at Morriston Comprehensive School, said: ‘Our whole school community is devastated by the news and our thoughts are with the family and friends of our pupil at this very difficult time.

    ‘Students and staff are being offered support and we’d ask that the privacy of the school community and the pupil’s friends and family be respected.’

    Kane Edwards, 13, had entered the River Tawe in Swansea but soon got into difficulty and was dragged under the flowing water

    Kane Edwards, 13, had entered the River Tawe in Swansea but soon got into difficulty and was dragged under the flowing water

    Tragic teenager Edwards was found drowned in the River Tawe, pictured above

    Tragic teenager Edwards was found drowned in the River Tawe, pictured above

    Friends, teachers and family all paid tribute to tragic teenager Kane Edwards who was described as a 'sweet boy'

    Friends, teachers and family all paid tribute to tragic teenager Kane Edwards who was described as a ‘sweet boy’

    Police launched an ‘extensive search’ with the force helicopter on Tuesday evening after the boy’s friends raised the alarm.

    Firefighters, ambulance and coastguards joined the serach after children had been swimming in the river – but one boy had not been seen coming out of the water.

    A South Wales Police spokesman said: ‘The teenager was located around an hour later elsewhere in the river but he could not be resuscitated.’

    Parents and school friends have now paid tribute to the youngster online.

    One mother said: ‘RIP Kane you are going to be truly missed by everyone. Thinking of all his family.’

    Another friend wrote: ‘You will be missed lad.’

    Police launched an 'extensive search' with the force helicopter on Tuesday evening when the boy's friends raised the alarm.

    Police launched an ‘extensive search’ with the force helicopter on Tuesday evening when the boy’s friends raised the alarm.

    DC Kristian Burt, of SWP, said: ‘At 4.59pm yesterday, Tuesday 24th May, a report was received that children had been swimming in the River Tawe, Morriston, Swansea.

    ‘A 13-year-old boy had got into difficulty and had not been seen to exit the river. An extensive search was carried out by police, fire, ambulance, coastguard and the police helicopter.

    ‘The boy’s body was located in the river near the Swansea Enterprise Park at around 6pm and was unable to be resuscitated despite the efforts of the emergency services.

    ‘His family have been informed and are being supported at this time. HM Coroner has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.’