NI teenage girl (14) river death thought to be tragic accident

The death of a 14 year-old girl who died after entering the Inver River in Larne on Tuesday evening was a tragic accident according sources.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 5:46 pm

The girl entered the river at around 9:00pm on Tuesday evening.

A huge search operation involving the PSNI, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was launched.

The girl was recovered from the river but died a short time later.

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The girl died after entering the Inver River in Larne on Tuesday evening. (Photo: McAuley Multimedia)

The PSNI confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they were not treating the death as suspicious.

The young girl has been named locally as 14 year-old St. Killian College pupil Gracie Gordon.

Some people expressed sadness over the girl's tragic death on social media.

"Devastating for any family to hear of such tragedy - my heart and thoughts are with the family," said one woman.

Floral tributes are placed close to the where the girl entered the Inver River on Tuesday. (Photo: McAuley Multimedia)

One man who knew the girl said she was "very pleasant"

"There really is no words that can fully express how sorry I am to hear about this.

"The young girl was turning out really well.

"She went past our house everyday.

"She was very pleasant and had a nice nature about her.

"Devastated to hear this," he said.