A heartbroken mum has paid tribute after a 14-year-old boy died after disappearing underwater while swimming in a canal.
The teenager, who has been identified as George Lund, was enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures over the Easter bank holiday at the time.
The group of friends were walking Lock at Knostrop Fall Lock 3, near Geroge Mann Road in Hunslet, Leeds on Saturday (April 8).
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George decided to jump in the water and disappeared beneath the surface. It's understood that a barge had recently passed through the canal which created a strong current that the teen became caught in.
Emergency services were called shortly after 4.30pm, while the group desperately searched the water in hope of finding him.
Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the teenager's body was dredged from the canal around 90 minutes later.
George's death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
His "devastated family" have since paid tribute to the teenager.
Speaking to The Sun, George's heartbroken mum Stacie Lund said: "I love and miss you so much my gorgeous baby boy. I just need you back."
His auntie, also Samantha Lowe described his sudden death as "traumatic and heartbreaking".
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She told the publication: "Stood watching the water specialists, paramedics and firefighters trying to find him under the water, [I was] hoping that he’d still be alive when they found him, but sadly he wasn’t
"Having to see my mum and my sister breakdown, literally dropping to the floor with the heartache, was awful.
"They shouldn’t have to be doing this. He was only 14. [He had] found his first love and everything. Every time I went to my mum’s he would show me his school books and how well he was doing, bless him.
"He had his life ahead of him. My heart is broken. I can't believe you are gone. I love you millions. RIP my beautiful angel."
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A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: "At 4.32pm yesterday (Saturday), police received a concern for safety report for a male in the canal by Thwaite Lane, Leeds.
“Emergency services attended and recovered a teenage male from the water.
"He received medical attention at the scene, but was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner."
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