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Baby dies after River Thames fall

Police divers returning to the scene on Thursday
Police divers were at the scene to investigate the death

A baby who fell into the River Thames has died in hospital.

The baby girl, aged 10 months, fell into the river at Ferry Lane, in Goring, south Oxfordshire, on Wednesday morning.

She had originally been pronounced dead after she was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but doctors then found a faint heartbeat.

The girl was described as being in a critical condition but doctors later said she had died just after midnight.

Emergency teams who had been called to the scene at about 0945 BST had been unable to resuscitate the girl, and initial reports were that she had died.

The mother and another child, who were on the river bank, were also taken to the hospital, as a precautionary measure.

The BBC understands that the child fell from a towpath and a boat was used in the rescue.

Sgt Graham Pink, of Thames Valley Police confirmed a man in a boat was believed to have seen the baby in the water and jumped in to help.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, who attended the scene, said they were made aware that one adult and two children had been pulled from the river by a passer-by.

"The circumstances leading up to the incident are unclear," said a spokesman.




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