LIFEBELTS along the stretch of river where friends Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler perished are regularly stolen, it has emerged.
CONCERN: Angler Peter Moonan who is angry over vandalism at Seacombe Picture: TONY KENWRIGHT
is right by the tree where Jack lost his life.
The man clung to the lifebelt
as the Amble inshore lifeboat and coastguard rescue team arrived and pulled him to safety.
Then, someone threw in a lifebelt
which he grabbed hold of.
A YOUNG musician may have drowned because vandals had stolen lifebelts
from the bank of the river in which he was swept away.
On average, one of the lifebelts
in the area where Jack drowned is vandalised once a week.
She now hopes the additional lifebelt
will stop a similar accident happening.
But James's body was found by coastguards floating in the water, yards from a lifebelt
which had been thrown to him.
Ronan said a lifebelt
was thrown in but the man didn't respond so he decided to dive in to save him.
Who knows, if a lifebelt
had been handy, he could be alive today
Officers are investigating the possibility that the Tarzan swing had been made from the blue rope of a lifebelt
which the council has said is a continual problem.