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Whitley Bay teenage drowning victim identified

What Happened
Person tired/overwhelmed by water
What Caused
Adverse environmental conditions
Casualty type/Qty
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
Accident suspected

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Description of Incident
A TEENAGER who died after going missing while swimming with a friend in the North sea was named yesterday.

Thomas McCreadie, 18, from Longbenton was found on the beach at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, hours after he went missing, shortly after midnight on Sunday.

The coastguard launched a search and rescue mission involving the RAF from

Boulmer, police divers, officers on foot and volunteers from the Cullercoats lifeboat, following reports that two swimmers had got into difficulty.

One of the swimmers was found, but despite all their efforts, rescuers failed to find Mr McCreadie in time.

It is believed the swimmers got into difficulties in strong currents.

One of the men involved in the search, from Cullercoats lifeboat, said: “We received reports of a missing person just after 4pm. Our understanding is that two boys were out swimming and one dived back into the water and never came back to the surface.

“He was swimming not too far off the shore at Whitley Bay.

“We launched the lifeboat and searched for a long time but were unable to

locate anything and the search was called off at 7pm.”
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