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12-year-old killed in fatal river swing fall

Posted in: Public Place Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A 12-year-old boy from Llangollen, Denbighshire has died following a rope swing fall in the Dee Valley. Ethan Rainey had been playing on the rope swing beside the River Dee near the Pontcysyllte aqueduct on Wednesday when the accident happened. It was heard that the boys had been looking for conkers to play with by the river when they decided to play on the rope swing. It us unknown how the fall happened, but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Emergency Services were called to the scene at 17:00, where Ethan was pronounced dead. Det Ch Insp Harrison stated that North Wales Police are currently investigating the accident.

“happy, bubbly and kind”

Ethan had been a pupil at Ysgol Dinas Bran, where a tribute to him stated that he was a “happy, bubbly and kind Year 8 student who had many friends. He was a keen sportsman who represented the school at football and attended conscientiously. He will be sadly missed by the school.

It was heard that plans to illuminate the aqueduct were cancelled on Thursday as a mark of respect for Ethan and his family. The Society of Light and Lighting, the group who were meant to carry out the event, and the Canal & River Trust, which maintains the aqueduct, said that they had made the decision not go ahead with the proceedings.

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