A 16-year-old boy who died in a reservoir had jumped in to save his friend, despite not being able to swim.
According to a family friend, Sam Haycock did not hesitate to dive into Ulley Reservoir in Rotherham after his schoolmate, also 16, came into trouble in the water.
Theresa Glenn told Yorkshire Live how the teen had just finished his last day of secondary school when he headed to the area with a group of friends.
Ms Glenn said: ‘There were three boys including Sam who jumped in and tried to save his friend.
‘It is typical of him, he and his mum would do anything for anyone who needed help.
‘Obviously, they are absolutely distraught about what has happened but Gaynor [the boy’s mother] is proud of what he tried to do and will treasure that detail for the rest of her life.
‘It was his last day at Oakwood High School and they told each other “I love you” as he left their home in East Dene.
‘It was completely out of character for him as he’s a 16-year-old boy!
‘She told him to be back for 4pm and didn’t know where he was when he went missing but the police were round very quickly to inform them of what had happened and Simon identified his son.
‘I have known Sam since he was four years old and he was a cheeky chappie with lots of friends. He just wanted to be liked and we will never forget him.’
Ms Glenn has set up a GoFundMe with the permission of the parents to help raise funds.
South Yorkshire Police confirmed officers were called to concerns about a teenage boy at the reservoir at around 3pm on Friday.
Police cordoned off the site and locals were urged to stay clear as fire crews and lifeboat teams joined the search effort.
A diver was seen entering the water at the reservoir before police announced a body had been found.
In her GoFundMe profile, Ms Glenn wrote: ‘A good friend of mine tragically lost her son today.
‘I have set this GoFundMe up to show how us as a community and me as a friend will support you all through this heartbreaking time.
‘I’ve known Sam from being at least five years old. The first smile I had from him was when I took him a PG Tips monkey up which he had been wanting for ages.
‘He loved me from then onwards So many tears and smiles shed today. Let’s show this local family love and support through these difficult days. Going to miss telling you off, Sam. RIP beautiful boy.’
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