'Hero' schoolboy, 14, dies after trying to save friend struggling to swim in canal in Derbyshire

A 'HEROIC' schoolboy has died after trying to save his friend who was struggling to swim in a canal.

Cops said they were called by ambulance crews just before 4.50pm on Wednesday to reports of a boy getting into difficulty in the canal near Mill Green in Staveley, Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attended to help the boy – named as Logan Folger – out of the water and he was taken to hospital by paramedics in a serious condition.

Cops said Logan died in hospital on Saturday.

An inquest heard that Logan had jumped into the water to try and help his friend.

Derbyshire coroner Peter Nieto said today: “The initial circumstances reported by police are that on August 18, Logan was swimming with two friends in the canal at Staveley.

"One of his friends got into difficulty, and Logan and the other friend went to assist but Logan got into difficulty himself.”

The hearing was adjourned until November 15.

Emotional tributes were paid to Logan after his death, with one hailing him as a 'hero'.

Briteney Poole wrote online: "RIP you little hero. From been a young lad you’ve always had an heart of gold Loagy. I can’t believe this and what I’m writing.

"Thinking of every single one of you. What a lad.., what a legend you truly are. You will be missed by us all. Heart of gold you boyo.

"Life so horrible always takes the wrong ones. Rest easy Logan. May the angels lead you home."

DFRS group manager Lee Williams said: "It's devastating to be reporting yet another water fatality this summer.

"I would like to extend the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and to the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.

"It's yet another reminder of how dangerous open water can be due to hidden currents or debris, and the risk of cold-water shock.

"Please remember Float to Live, and if someone's in trouble in the water call 999 and ask for the Fire Service."

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