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Young Boy Died - River Nene near Northampton.

Date
24/07/2012
What Happened
Body recovered
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Accident suspected
Injury Details
Drowning
Outcome
Accident suspected
Alcohol/Drugs
NONE

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Description of Incident
Daniel McCullagh funeral in Woodford after River Nene death

The funeral has been held for a teenager from Northamptonshire who drowned in the River Nene.

Daniel McCullagh, 15, died on Tuesday, 24 July at Woodford Lock. Witnesses said he was swept away by strong currents.

The church service was held at St Mary's in Woodford followed by a private burial for family and friends.

The Reverend Canon John Hall who took the service said the community was saddened by the loss.

Daniel went missing while swimming in the lock at about 15:00 BST. His body was found down river towards Denford just over three hours later.

Gabriel McCullagh, Daniel's father has recently called for safety improvements around waterways.

He said: "The last thing I want to happen is to find out this has happened again because nobody has sat up and done anything about it."

Pub landlord Tony Blyth, 51, entered the water in an attempt to find Daniel but found himself struggling with the "strong current"

"I swam to the point where he was but there was no-one there," he said.

"It looked lovely from the bank. It was only once I got in that I could feel my legs being pulled downwards."
Supporting Information
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-19256224
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-19022270

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