Tributes paid to Rony John who died after drowning in River Great Ouse in Huntingdon

11:44 25 July 2014

Rony John

Rony John

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Tributes have been paid to the teenager who drowned in Huntingdon yesterday.

A major search for a boy, named locally as Rony John, was launched at 3.40pm after he was spotted having difficulty in the River Great Ouse when he was with friends.

After an extensive search, a body was recovered shortly after 2am this morning.

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics joined water search specialists from Spartan Rescue for the river search at Church Lane, Hartford.

Magpas Helimedix and a hazardous area rescue team had also joined by 6pm.

A police spokesman said: “The death is not being treated as suspicious and will be passed to the coroner.”

Val Ford, headteacher at St Peter’s, said: “We’re just in shock. It is a total tragedy, especially for something to happen on the first day of summer holidays.

“Our sympathies go to his family and the students who were with him at the time.”

Abbygail Alves posted on a Facebook tribute page: “It’s heart breaking to know I lost someone who meant beyond the world to me. Your smile made my day, it brightened up so many people’s lives and you know what meeting you 4 years ago was the best thing I ever did.

“I don’t possibly know how any of us are going to cope without you I miss you so much already and so does everyone else.”

Tommy Grimwood added: “You were a very good friend Rony John and that will never change.”

The formal identification of the body has not yet happened.

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4 comments

  • Why is it always the people that are so close to us get taken away and the ones most importent to everybody. I remember every time I saw rony he was always smiling no matter what I had never see him with a frown on his face he would stick up for people and himself he always put others first he might be gone in person bit he is still here In spirit and I everybody's hearts we all miss him so much RIP Rony xxx

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    Chloe Bridger

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I am saddened to hear of this tragedy. R.I.P Rony John, and deepest sympathy for all your family and friends. Devastating news........

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    Jemma

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I never knew this guy, but I seen him around school and know some people who knew him, Rony seemed like a sweet and funny guy, which no one will ever forget.

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    Seren Purja

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Rony you were my very good friend used to talk to you everyday in school, I'll never forget you.

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    Zaryab Nawaz

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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