A 10-year-old boy has died following an incident at a river in Reading.
Shadrack Appiah got into difficulty in the water on Monday afternoon in the River Kennet, near Waterloo Meadows.
Emergency services rushed to the scene around 2pm.
His death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
In a tribute, Shadrack’s family spoke of his aspirations to become a pilot and his close bond with his siblings.
They said: ‘We loved Shadrack, he was a quiet person and a Christian who often read the bible.
‘He loved football and wanted to be a pilot when he grew up.
‘He loved his sisters Natalie and Nicole and they loved him. We will all miss him very much.’
A rapid response team had been called to the scene on Monday with staff from Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service.
Detective Inspector Hayley Burns, of Thames Valley Police, said: ‘This is an absolute tragedy in which a young boy has died after getting into difficulty in the water.
‘His next of kin have been notified and are being offered support at this extremely difficult and traumatic time.
‘My thoughts, and the thoughts of all of us at Thames Valley Police are with Shadrack’s family and his friends, and we would ask that their privacy is respected.’
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