Tributes to ‘brightest star in the sky’ teen, 14, who drowned at nature reserve

Tributes to ‘brightest star in the sky’ teen, 14, who drowned at nature reserve

Kai Gardner-Pugh, 14, drowned after getting into difficulty while playing at Ashby Ville Nature Reserve in Scunthorpe, with rescue teams retrieving his body after a huge search effort

A 14-year-old boy who drowned in a reservoir has been pictured for the first time.

Kai Gardner-Pugh tragically lost his life at Ashby Ville Nature Reserve in Scunthorpe on Tuesday, GrimsbyLive reports.

A huge search effort was launched to find the youngster after he got into difficulty while playing at the nature reserve.

Police yesterday confirmed that a boy’s body had been found in the search and officers today named him as Kai Gardner-Pugh.

A spokesman from Humberside Police said: “The 14 year-old boy who sadly lost his life at Ashby Ville Nature Reserve in North Lincolnshire has been named as Kai Gardner-Pugh.

“Kai’s family continue to be supported by specially trained officers and our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this very sad time. Kai’s family have asked for privacy as they grieve and come to terms with their loss.

“We continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident and if you have any information that would help with our enquiries, no matter how small, please contact us on 101 quoting log 370 of 27 July 2021.”

Police are keen to speak with a man who they believe may have seen what happened and hold key information that would help with their enquiries.

He is described as wearing a black polo shirt with grey denim shorts, and is reported to have white hair and a beard.

They are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to help understand exactly what happened.

Sunflowers and poems have been left at the nature reserve in memory of Kai with notes to “the brightest star in the sky.”

The reserve is managed by North Lincolnshire Council and is popular with walkers and families.

Concerns have been raised over recent weeks around the number of people seen swimming in the open water.

The death is the latest of numerous tragedies involving open water across the UK in the last two weeks.

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