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Man dies in bid to save teenager

A man died after diving into a river to save a teenager.

The 40-year-old saw an 18-year-old who had got into difficulty after jumping from a bridge over the River Torridge, near Bideford in Devon.

He then apparently got into difficulties himself and he died in hospital on Sunday morning.

The teenager, who is still in hospital, was pulled from the water by members of Appledore RNLI after the incident on Thursday 19 February.

Witness appeal

Devon and Cornwall Police said the investigation was now in the hands of the coroner.

He said: "It is not entirely clear what happened but it does seem that the deceased man entered the water trying to rescue the teenager.

"Fire and coastguard also attended the scene but before their arrival a local officer swam out to one of the men who was lying face down in the water.

"She pulled him to the water's edge and was assisted by firefighters to take him out of the water."

The emergency services were called by two passers-by who saw the men in the river.

They tried to help by throwing a lifebelt but were unsuccessful and police are now appealing for the couple to come forward.

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