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Tragic death of boy in Scottish lake

SAD: 15-year-old Patrick Phillips died after drowning in a Scottish lake

A BODY found in a Scottish reservoir has been identified as 15-year-old schoolboy Patrick Phillips.

Patrick, of Fairfley, West Dunbartonshire, is believed to have experienced difficulty whilst diving into the waters. His body was found at Cochno Loch, near Clydebank, on Sunday.

Strathclyde Police and the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service had launched a rescue operation to find the teenage boy after a friend raised the alarm when Patrick went missing.

It is thought he had been taking swimming lessons, although his father Charles Edwards told the Daily Record he didn’t know how well Patrick was at it.

The teenager was a student at the Clydebank High School. His family is said to have moved to Scotland from Guyana six years ago and had been adopted as a baby.

In a statement, his head of year David Docherty described the accident as a tragedy and said Patrick was well liked by staff and very popular with his mates.

"Patrick was a lovely hardworking and enthusiastic pupil. He was always smiling and staff always found him to be a pleasant well mannered young man," said Mr Docherty.

He added: "Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family and friends at this most difficult time."

A Facebook tribute page has already been set up in his memory.

Friends have left messages expressing their loss and describing him as a “true legend” and someone who “always had a smile on his face”.

One friend Stephanie Johnston wrote: "Rest in peace little man. Make the angels laugh as much as you made everyone else."

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