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Tribute to quarry death teenager

Jay Harris
Jay Harris's parents paid tribute to their "wonderful son"

The parents of a teenager who died after falling at a quarry have paid tribute to their "wonderful son".

Jay Harris, 18, was walking with friends when he lost his footing at Boon's Quarry, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on Tuesday evening.

Mr Harris, of Oberon Close, Nuneaton, was dragged out of the water below by firefighters and ambulance crew but was confirmed dead shortly later.

His mother Gayle Harris, 48, said: "He was my life."

She added: "He was just a wonderful son. He was my number one Mr Wonderful.

"The family is devastated. His sister Stephanie is devastated. He was her best friend."

BMX fan

His father Steve Harris, 49, said: "I know a lot of families say this but he was just a well-liked person. He had loads of friends."

Mr Harris, whose real name was Johnjo, was a BMX bike fan.

Jason Such and Joe Roseblade said their friend would be greatly missed

He was training to be a mechanic and studying for an NVQ at college in Nuneaton.

Two boys who had been trying to help Mr Harris were treated for hypothermia and a third boy was treated for shock, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Ambulance crews praised the two boys who went into the water to try to help their friend.

Spokesman Murray McGregor said: "At least two of his friends have gone down to the waterside and gone into the water to try and help him.

"He appears to have disappeared and they have done everything they can to try to help him."

Police said it was thought the boy had been out with five male friends when he fell.

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