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‘Extremely talented’ boxer, 16, drowned in river after friends begged him not to jump in

“He was with friends who decided to swim across. He also made that decision to swim across. He had no past medical history which would have affected him that day and the evidence suggests that Frank was nearly there. This is despite Frank could not swim, according to a statement from his mum Sarah.


Frank Varey, 16, was described as a ‘future champ’ by Tyson Fury[/caption]


Frank had been attempting to swim across the River Dee at Chester (file photo)[/caption] Emergency services were alerted just before 2.30pm and a search operation was launched. AN “extremely talented” boxer drowned in a river after pals begged him not to jump in. Saying they were a close family, she added: “Frank has always been a fit and healthy child apart from having his tonsils removed when he was younger. “As a family, they are still trying to come to terms with Frank being taken away from them so young. She believes this was a very tragic accident because he could not swim.”

“As a result, Frank did not attend secondary school and went into full-time training. Because of Frank’s regime he was always conscious of what he put into his body. He ate well and never drank, smoked or took drugs.
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“Some of them decided to swim across the river from the city centre to the Handbridge side. Frank managed to get most of the way across but then began to struggle with witnesses suggesting he was throwing his arms in the air and shouting for help. Read More on The Sun “Others tried to get to him to help him. One witness described how Frank grabbed hold of him and was dragging him under as he was trying to push him to the bank at the side. “He was talent spotted and went on to box for England, winning many titles.

Email us at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4104. You can WhatsApp us on 07423 720 250. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Ms Harkin said: “It’s clear that Frank Varey was a very talented young man. He had a great skill for boxing and he never caused his parents any concern. Witnesses say he had nearly reached the other side when he got into trouble. “He attended primary and junior school before becoming a talented boxer. Frank Varey, 16, tried to cross the River Dee in Chester even though he “could not swim,” an inquest heard. A post-mortem concluded he had died due to drowning.


“Many others tried to get to Frank but the current dragging Frank under the water was too strong and he (the witness) was unable to hold on to him.” An inquest in Warrington held on May 18 heard that Frank was with friends at a pontoon near The Moorings and they had been jumping in the water “to keep cool,” according to witness statements. Ms Harkin said: “The circumstances of him being in the water were that he had attended the pontoon with friends to enjoy the river in the hot weather. They were jumping in the river to keep cool. Two friends had tried to persuade the teenager from Lancashire to stay out of the water. Assistant coroner for Cheshire Jean Harkin read out a statement from Frank’s mum Sarah. “He wasn’t in an unhappy mood. There was nothing out of character and they parted saying they would see each other later that evening. Frank had never been a strong swimmer – he could not swim. He has never had any formal swimming lessons. To the best of her knowledge, he had never been swimming in open water. Ms Harkin also read out a statement from Detective Inspector Robert Lees, of Cheshire Constabulary. Then some members of the group, including Frank, decided to swim across the river to the other side. Tyson Fury led the tributes at the time of Frank’s death, saying: “RIP Frank. Was a future world champ.” “He had swam some distance to get to where he was but then got into difficulty and, despite help from friends and bystanders, they were unable to rescue him.”


The teenager had been relaxing with friends on July 22 last year when he attempted to swim from the city centre side to the Handbridge bank. “On July 22, she received the call from her husband advising her that Frank had been swimming and had drowned. She confirmed that Frank has been spending the day with friends. Sadly, the youngster’s body was found under the water at 7.58pm, not far from where he had disappeared. Read More on Lancashire “He was at the peak of his boxing potential and was destined for a very bright future. He lived and breathed boxing. He trained daily and loved it. He was happy, fun-loving and Sarah never had any concerns about his mental health. “They were spoken to by police who were searching for Frank and at about 8pm they were told the devastating news that a body had been recovered from the River Dee. Click here to get The Sun newspaper delivered for FREE for the next six weeks.

“Since the age of five, Frank has boxed. He was extremely talented and showed great promise.
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Despite the efforts of friends and bystanders to save him, Frank disappeared under the water. “His mum in her statement confirmed that he could not swim. However, on July 22 2021, he was in the River Dee near to the Royal Chester Rowing Club.

Frank had represented England at the the European Junior Championships in 2019

Frank’s mum Sarah said he son ‘could not swim’[/caption]

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England Boxing said Frank represented his country at the European Junior Championships 2019 in Galati, Romania and won several National Championships titles.

“The last time she saw him alive was the morning of July 22 at home. She and Frank Snr (Frank’s dad) were getting ready to go to Whitby. Frank (junior) said he was going to Chester with friends. He often went out to different towns with friends and would meet other friends.
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