THE devastated mother of a Blackpool teenager who died after falling into the sea has today paid a heartbreaking tribute to her “perfect boy”.
David Sagar, 17, was sitting on the sea wall opposite Gynn Square, North Shore, on Friday when it is believed he fell backwards into the water.
A rescue operation was launched and the former Bispham High School pupil was pulled out of the sea by lifeboat crews. Despite desperate attempts to resuscitate him David was pronounced dead on the shore.
Speaking from her home in Lewtas Street, Blackpool, David’s mother, Anne-Marie Sagar, 34, said her son was “loved by everyone”.
She told The Gazette: “David was the sweetest boy and everybody only had the best things to say about him.
“He was with two close friends who he had known for a long time when it happened.
“I can’t believe I’m not going to see him again. I keep looking up the street thinking he is going to walk down it.
“I just want him back and I wish I could turn the clocks back and have him here.”
A poignant memorial of flowers and heartfelt messages has been set up where David died at 4.25pm on Friday.
His mother has written a touching tribute in chalk which reads: “David, my perfect boy. I love you more than words can describe.”
Ms Sagar, a trainee teacher, added: “David made everyone laugh and smile and he was sunshine to everybody.
“He was loved by everyone because he was funny, cool, sweet and never did anything bad.
“He was a handsome boy. He never smoked or drank alcohol and he only ever went out with his friends and played video games.
“He used to tell me he loved me all the time.”
David, who passed his GCSEs last summer, was looking for work before he started a college course in September. It had been his dream to work with children.
His sister Alicia, 15, added: “He was my idol and my best friend.”
David’s grandmother Christine Sagar, 57, from Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, added: “He was a wonderful lad and it’s wrong he should be taken from us.
“There’s nothing bad anyone can say about him because he was awesome.”
David’s best friend from school Joe Wrigler, 16, from Hull Road, Blackpool, said: “He never did anything wrong - this is not fair.
“He always used to try and make something funny that wasn’t and make the best out of it.”
David’s death has left neighbours on Lewtas Street stunned.
Barry Walters, 50, said: “When David first moved in he was as quiet as a mouse.
“But once we got to know him he was one of the most decent people you could ever meet.
“If he could help you he would and he was a great teenager.”
Lynn Taylor, 25, added: “He was so intelligent and had everything ahead of him. He treated everyone like his brother or sister.”
Claire McAllister, 38, another Lewtas Street resident who had known David for a number of years, added: “He was an amazing young man.
“He was absolutely awesome and had such a bright future going for him.
“He was gentle, caring and a nice guy and he had good grades which he had worked hard for.”
Police said they were treating David’s death as a tragic accident.
The seas off Gynn Square are notorious and more than a dozen people have died there in the last 30 years.
Police officers Colin Morrison, Gordon Connolly and Angela Bradley died when they tried to save a holidaymaker in the sea in January 1983.
Two school friends from Blackpool died in 2005 when they were swept to their deaths off Gynn Square.