School pays tribute to river death victim

The scene at Woodford Lock where tragedy struck
The scene at Woodford Lock where tragedy struck

Daniel McCullagh’s headteacher has paid tribute to the 15-year-old who died in a tragic accident earlier this week.

The teenager was with friends by the River Nene between Denford and Woodford when tragedy struck on Tuesday afternoon.

After jumping into the water from an old railway bridge, Daniel struggled and despite efforts by his friends and people nearby at the time, they were unable to reach him.

Emergency services spent several hours searching for Daniel, whose body was found at about 6.20pm that evening.

Headteacher Mick Malton, speaking on behalf of everyone at Huxlow Science College, said: “I want to offer my deep and sincere condolences to Daniel’s family and friends at this tragic time.

“This short tribute to Daniel is made on behalf of everyone at Huxlow Science College.

“It is difficult to put into words the life of somebody who has been taken from us.

“Dan joined us from Wrenn School at the end of Year 7 and we were delighted to have someone as cheery and positive as Dan joining our college.

“Dan made a valuable contribution to our school – he was well-liked by the students and staff and there was never a dull moment when he was around.

“We will remember him as a smiling lad, unfazed by life at school, always willing to give new things a go.

“We will always have the memory of his recent visit to France – he thoroughly enjoyed himself and had a great time with his school friends and staff.

“He certainly made his mark at Huxlow.

“Dan was a typical teenage boy, an able student and he would have done well in his GCSEs. His friends and his time outside the classroom mattered enormously.

“He was loyal to his friends and would always stand by them.

“Dan was a bright, polite lad who respected his teachers and friends.

“He will be remembered by all at Huxlow Science College and will be very badly missed.”

No lifebelts in place where Daniel died

Pub landlord battled in vain to save Daniel