Page last updated at 17:02 GMT, Thursday, 13 August 2009 18:02 UK

Drowned teenager's death 'tragic'

Craig Butler
Craig had been making inquiries about starting a mechanics course

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died in a swimming accident at a weir on the Wiltshire/Somerset border.

The body of Craig Butler, 17, who lived in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was pulled from the River Frome on Saturday evening.

Craig lived at the Amber Foundation Hostel in Bythesea Road. Chief executive of Amber Charles Drew said the events were "very tragic".

Mr Drew said the news of the accident had affected people that knew Craig.

He said: "It's hit people quite hard, particularly those that were with him on the Saturday afternoon.

"He was having a good time and he'd had a good time while he'd been at Amber.

"Craig had been making inquiries about starting a mechanics course at Wiltshire College."

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said officers were called to the weir at Rocks Farm, Tellisford, at 1650 BST.

He added: "Police divers were involved in the rescue attempt but his body was recovered just after 2000 BST. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene and he was taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital.

"The death has been referred to Her Majesty's coroner as a sudden death."



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