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Sunday, 28 April, 2002, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Drowned boy 'afraid of the water'
Kieran fell into the Sprotbrough Falls
The parents of an eight-year-old boy who drowned while out playing with friends have said he was scared of the water and could not swim.

Kieran Brady slipped and fell into the fast-flowing River Don in Sprotbrough near Doncaster on Saturday.

His parents, Anne and Michael Stockdale, told a news conference that Kieran had only just started taking swimming lessons.

Mr Stockdale said: "He cried when he got water in his eyes in the bath."


He had just started swimming lessons at school but they said there was no point for someone so afraid of the water

Michael Stockdale
It is thought Kieran may have stepped into the river as part of a dare as the children played by a waterfall on the banks of the river.

One of the children, a ten-year-old girl, told a passer-by of the accident and he called the emergency services on his mobile telephone.

Police pulled Kieran out of the river and paramedics tried to resuscitate him at the scene.

He was later taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Organ donation

Mrs Stockdale, 33, said her son's bone marrow, heart valves and corneas would be donated to those needing organ transplants.

"That's what my little boy would have wanted. He would have helped anybody," she said.

Mr Stockdale said: "He had just started swimming lessons at school but they said there was no point for someone so afraid of the water."

Detective Sergeant Stuart Beardshall led the investigation into the "tragic accident" at the Sprotbrough Falls.

He said he would contact British Waterways to suggest barriers or fencing be installed to keep children away from the water.


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