A THIRTEEN-year-old boy remains in a critical but stable condition after he got into difficulty in the River Eden at Appleby.

Air Ambulance crews, police officers and teams from the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service were called to the river, near to Holme Street, just after 5.15pm yesterday.

Firefighters pulled the boy from the water.

An air ambulance transported the teenager to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in the north east, where he received specialist medical attention and care, he was later taken to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. 

The boy remains in a critical but stable condition. 

A spokesman from the Great North Air Ambulance said: "We were called at about 5.15pm to Appleby.

"A doctor and a paramedic were on board the helicopter, and flew the boy to hospital."

There were no other reported casualties.

The family are aware and are being supported by specialist officers. 

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident.


Police would like to remind the public that, regardless of the warm weather for February, temperatures in rivers and open water can remain extremely cold.

Police said: "Those who are not experienced in such conditions and do not have professional swimming attire for the conditions should not enter the water."