Flowers and candles laid at reservoir site near Sheffield where teenager died

Floral tributes have been left at a reservoir near Sheffield where a teenager died after he got into difficulty in the water.

Sunday, 30th May 2021, 5:09 pm
Floral tributes left after a teenage boy drowned at Ulley Country Park.

Sam Haycock sadly died after getting into difficulty in the water at the Ulley Reservoir in Rotherham on Friday, May 28, despite gallant efforts from his friends to prevent him from drowning.

Multiple emergency services rushed to the scene, including specialist search teams in a desperate bid to find him.

South Yorkshire Police later confirmed that a body had been recovered from the reservoir.

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People in the community have left flowers, and candles that spell out ‘SAM’ have also been laid in memory of the young boy.

The teenager was heavily involved with the sport of Judo and represented his country in competitions all across Europe.

Andrew Parton, owner and head coach at Miramar Judo Academy, dedicated a Facebook post to the teen, saying: “It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to inform people of the sad passing of one of Miramar Judo Clubs players Sam Haycock Sam died yesterday as a result of a tragic accident at a local reservoir.

“He was such a cheerful young man and a pleasure to coach. He loved to compete and kept his trophy cabinet well stocked.

“Mine and the clubs support go out to the family Gaynor Simon and Mikey at this very sad time.

"Rest in peace my young friend. You have left a huge hole in the lives of all that you touched; you will be very sadly missed.”

His family members are being supported by specially trained officers.

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