A “fighting fit” teenage angler drowned when he fell into a lake after becoming ill while fishing.
David Moss, 16, plunged into chilly waters moments after phoning his girlfriend to tell her he was feeling unwell on Saturday afternoon.
The “fighting fit” teen was pulled from a pool at Moreton Fisheries, Congleton, Staffs., and rushed to University Hospital of North Staffordshire after a shocked dog-walker dialled 999.
But despite the best efforts of doctors, David – a keen footballer and motocross rider – died shortly after being admitted.
Cheshire Police confirmed officers were investigating the circumstances of his death but it is believed David suffered a massive heart attack before falling in the water.
A police spokesman said: “At 3.34pm on Saturday, police and other emergency services were called to Moreton Fisheries following a report of a teenage boy found in the water in need of urgent medical attention.
“The casualty, a 16-year-old local boy, was taken to hospital where he sadly later died.
“At this stage, the circumstances of the incident are not being treated as suspicious and it is believed the boy was fishing at the location when he entered into difficulties.”
David’s parents Dawn and Stephen Moss, and brother Robert, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., were yesterday too upset to talk.
But one neighbour said: “It’s a shock and very sad. David had only just left school and started working with his dad.
“He and his brother have always been lovely lads.”
Another family friend added: “David was a fit and healthy boy, he loved the outdoors and going fishing. He was a sports mad and a fighting fit lad.
“He loved playing football and was really into his motorbikes, he was really active. It is so sad what has happened.”
Last night hundreds of tributes poured in to a Facebook site set up in David’s memory.
Friend Michael Mitchell wrote: “This sad, sad news has knocked me sideways. It is a true shock.
“Dave was a truly top lad, and I know will be missed greatly by all who knew him, and especially Steve, Dawn, and Rob. Deepest sympathy to you all.”
Lisa Mullock wrote: “RIP Dave. You have had a massive impact on so many people lives. So many of your friends are devastated. You will never be forgotten.”
Leah Deveroux said: “Still Feel Like I’m Going To See You Walking Around Biddulph Tomorrow.. Thanks For All The Laughs; You Really Knew How To Keep Everyone Smiling.”
Andi White added: “RIP young man, may u now catch the fish of your dreams, god takes people when they reach perfection, my heart goes out to your family.”
Moreton Fisheries co-owner David Ward said yesterday: “We don’t yet know the circumstances of what happened, but we would like to send our condolences to the family.
“We will help them in whatever way we can.”