THE teenager found dead in a Caerleon river has been named as Vithuran Sathiyaseelan.

The 17-year-old student from Sri Lanka was studying at Newport's university in Caerleon.

A spokesman for the university described him as a "bright and talented student."

The Reverend William Ritchie, Chaplain of the University of Wales, Newport said: “The University, its staff and students are extremely sad to hear of the untimely death of Vithuran Sathiyaseelan.

"The death of such a bright and talented member of our community is devastating and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

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POLICE have confirmed that a teenage boy was found dead in a Newport river last night.

A 17-year-old, a student at the University of Wales, Newport, was found in the river in Caerleon just before 9pm.

Police were called at 5.55pm and searched the river until divers made the discovery.


REPORTS are coming in that a student has drowned in Caerleon.

It is understood he was a student at Newport University and the incident happened last night.

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