Your tributes to Hartlepool teen Curtis Atherton after tragic death at High Force

Curtis Atherton, 16, from Hartlepool who died after getting into difficulty while swimming at High Force in Teesdale
Curtis Atherton, 16, from Hartlepool who died after getting into difficulty while swimming at High Force in Teesdale
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Messages of sympathy have continues to come in for Hartlepool teenager Curtis Atherton after his tragic death.

More than 100 Mail readers have left tributes and written messages of condolence on the Mail’s Facebook page.

So tragic, Sleep tight young man..Sending love & strength to family & friends

Online tribute

Curtis, 16, died after getting into difficulty while swimming at High Force waterfall in Teesdale on Tuesday night.

The alarm was raised when he disappeared from sight and a large search and rescue operation was mounted.

Curtis was located and quickly airlifted to hospital, but sadly died later.

The news has left many people in the town shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of someone so young.

Among the many messages of condolence posted on the Mail’s Facebook site was reader Elaine Hill who wrote: “So tragic, Sleep tight young man..Sending love & strength to family & friends!! xx”.

Those sentiments were echoed by Sandra Cotson who said: “So sad r.i.p young man my thoughts are with your family and friends xx”.

Sarah Jay Mahoney posted: “So sad Rip thoughts with all the family and friends so tragic xx”.

Elsie Dodsworth said: “Feel so sad for his family rip”.

Angela Pounder wrote: “Sad news. R.I.P. Curtis x” and Joe Dilks said: “Rip youngen god bless”.

Gems Louise added: “Soo sad thinking of his family and friends at this sad time x”.

Carol Gash said: “RIP so sad, thoughts are with the family x”.

Colin Bartholomew wrote: “R.I.P. and condolences to the family.”

Eve Duckworth said: “R.i.p young man” while Terry McKenna said: “Tragic R.I.P” and Liz Brown wrote: “R.I.P God bless you.”

Marsha Howe added: “rip young man thinking of you all xxx” while Brenda Moore said: “RIP. So sad thinking of his family and friends”.

Hartlepool businessman Krimo Bouabda, and many others, simply said: “RIP”.

Alison Flint posted: “So sad so young R.I.P xx”.

Curtis’s brother Daniel earlier paid tribute to him saying: “He will always be in our hearts.

“I love him all the world, we all do. He was an amazing people who will be missed by lots.”