Shock as kids found swimming in open water days after Sam Haycock’s tragic death

Police officers in South Yorkshire found six children swimming in open water just days after the death of another teenager.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 9:24 am

Officers from the Rotherham North neighbourhood policing team were patrolling Manvers Lake in Rotherham last night when they found six children swimming.

They took the children’s details.

A number of warnings about the dangers of open water swimming have been issued recently following the death of Rotherham teenager Sam Haycock.

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Sam Haycock died after getting into difficulty in the water at Ulley Reservoir on Friday, May 18
Sam Haycock died after getting into difficulty in the water at Ulley Reservoir on Friday, May 18

The 16-year-old, who attended Oakwood High School, got into difficulty in Ulley Reservoir and died on Friday, May 28.

His frantic friends were said to have made ‘gallant’ efforts to save him, but Sam disappeared under the water and his body was recovered a number of hours later.

A huge search and rescue operation was mounted when Sam’s disappearance was reported.

A number of agencies were involved.

South Yorkshire Police said: “Please be aware of the dangers of swimming in open water.

“This should only be done under the supervision of a club.”

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