Parents of tragic teenager Sam Haycock back open water safety drive

Parents of tragic teenager Sam Haycock back open water safety drive

By Michael Upton | 05/05/2022

Parents of tragic teenager Sam Haycock back open water safety drive
Presenting a cheque for £1500 to provide a new life saving station at the Waterfront Boat Club at Manvers, founders of the Sam's Army charity, Simon (second from right) and Gaynor Haycock (right) along with Jodi Ryalls (third from right). Also pictured are (from left to right), Ian Foster, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Fleur Holland, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue with son Lucca, Si Bristow of the RNLI and Chris Hawkesworth, president of Waterfront Boat Club. 220348

THE parents of a Rotherham student who tragically drowned at a beauty spot joined fire officers to hand out open water tips.

Simon and Gaynor Haycock, whose 16-year-old son Sam drowned at Ulley Country Park last May, were at Manvers Lake on Saturday as part of their campaign to raise awareness of open water dangers in Sam’s memory.

Fire service officials were dispensing tips and teaching visitors to Manvers Waterfront Boat Club how to use throwlines and other life-saving equipment.

Money raised in memory of the East Dene teenager by the campaign group Sam’s Army Mission will fund a new throwline station at Manvers.