Boy who tragically died at South Yorkshire reservoir is named
A teenage boy who died at a reservoir near Sheffield has been named by South Yorkshire Police.
Samuel Haycock, aged 16, had visited Ulley Reservoir in Rotherham with friends on Friday afternoon when he got into difficulty in the water.
Emergency services responded to the incident at around 3 pm, and specialist search teams made a desperate attempt to find him.
Police later confirmed that a body had been recovered from the water, which has since been formally identified as the 16-year-old teenager from Rotherham.
Sam's family members are currently being supported by specially-trained officers.
South Yorkshire Police said: “Sam’s family has asked that people respect their privacy at this difficult time. Thank you.”
People in the community have left flowers and candles at the reservoir site near Sheffield in memory of the 16-year-old.
Following the tragic incident, police and fire services have warned people about the dangers of swimming in open water.
SYP Superintendent Cherie Buttle said: “Yesterday’s incident was incredibly tragic, and my heart goes out to the boy’s family and loved ones – my thoughts are with them today.
“While I would encourage people to avoid speculation as to the circumstances surrounding what happened, I urge everyone to be careful while enjoying the bank holiday weather. Please be safe.”
SYFR Area Manager Stewart Nicholson said: "Too many young lives are needlessly lost in open water every year. Our message couldn't be clearer - please, please stay out of the water and stick to swimming pools or organised swimming groups instead."