'You are loved and missed by everyone': Touching tributes paid to teenager after drowning tragedy

Touching tributes have been paid to a tragic teenager who drowned in Ulley Reservoir on the day he left school.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 12:44 pm

Sam Haycock, aged 16, died after getting into difficulty in the water at Ulley Country Park on Friday, May 28.

The Year 11 Oakwood High pupil had formally left school that day and had visited the reservoir with friends.

His pals, who are said to have made ‘gallant efforts’ to prevent Sam from drowning, raised the alarm and a major search and rescue operation was mounted.

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Tributes for Sam Haycock at Ulley Country Park. Picture: Chris Etchells

Sam’s body was recovered from the water a number of hours after his parents were informed of his disappearance.

Flowers, balloons, candles and photographs have been left on a bench close to the water’s edge.

Friends and relatives are among those to have placed items at the makeshift shrine.

One note on a bouquet of flowers reads: “Fly high beautify boy, you are loved and missed by everyone.”

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy who drowned after getting into difficulty in the water at UIley Country Park

Another says: “I love you millions. We all miss you dearly, You will not be forgotten.”

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has issued a warning about the dangers of open water swimming.

It said: “Please, if you're out and about in next week's forecast hot weather, be extra careful around open bodies of water such as lakes, quarries and reservoirs.

“And, if you're part of the many groups of young people that have been jumping into water to cool off - do not do this.

“Lakes, quarries, reservoirs and rivers can all be much colder than they look, and you have no idea what’s underneath.

“We really don't want to see any more tragedies in South Yorkshire waters this summer.”

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