Kane Edwards, 13, was a keen rugby player (Picture: Wales News Service)

A ‘sweet’ schoolboy has drowned during a swim with friends after classes in Wales.

Kane Edwards, 13, vanished underwater in the River Tawe in Morriston, Swansea late on Tuesday afternoon.

Terrified school friends raised the alarm when no one saw him coming out and they couldn’t find him.

An ‘extensive’ search was put in action, with firefighters, ambulance and coastguards all joining forces.

His body was found around an hour later at another point of the river and rescue workers were unable to resuscitate him.

Tributes have poured in for Kane, who was a keen rugby player and played for Morriston U14.

One mum said: ‘Kane was such a sweet boy. It is so heartbreaking.’

Another wrote: ‘RIP Kane you are going to be truly missed by everyone. Thinking of all his family.’

The schoolboy ‘got into difficulty’ and went underwater, it’s believed (Picture: Wales News Service)

The tragedy happened at the River Tawe in Morriston (Picture: Wales News Service)

The teenager’s family is being supported by specialist officers following the tragedy.

DC Kristian Burt, of South Wales Police, said it’s believed he ‘got into difficultly’ while swimming.

‘The boy’s body was located in the river near the Swansea Enterprise Park at around 6pm and was unable to be resuscitated despite the efforts of the emergency services’, a statement said.

An investigation into the circumstances has been launched.

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