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A teenage boy is in a critical condition after being rescued from the River Eden in Appleby, Cumbria.

It is thought he was swimming due to the recent rise in temperatures.

Police were called to the scene near Holme Street at 5.17pm on Tuesday where the 13-year-old was swimming.

Fire fighters were then called to pull the boy out of the river where he was then taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary on board an air ambulance, where he received specialist care.

The teenager was later transferred to Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

In a statement, Cumbria police said that they “would like to remind the public that, regardless of the warm weather for February, temperatures in rivers and open water can remain extremely cold”.

They added: “Those who are not experienced in such conditions and do not have professional swimming attire for the conditions should not enter the water.”

An investigation is under way.

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