THE son of tragic kayaker Darren Thorpe almost died in a river accident two years ago.
Anthony Thorpe, son of Darren and Louise, had been playing by the disused Middle Docks near the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, with three friends in March 2012 when he slipped and fell into the Tyne. Aged 12 at the time, the Harton Technology College pupil and his friends had been climbing by the riverside when he slipped and plunged about 25ft into the water below.
Anthony hit his head on the way down and landed on a metal buoy, which knocked him unconscious and he began slipping into the water.
His quick-thinking mates Matthew Amar, 11, and Daniel Foots, 12, climbed down to pull him from the water as a third pal, 12-year-old Joe Purdy, ran to the nearby Customs House to seek help.
Paramedics were called and Anthony was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital, having suffered a fractured hip and pelvis and needing had six staples in his head.
His mum Louise said at the time: “I’m so thankful he’s OK, and I just want to warn other parents to keep their children away from dangerous places like this.”