HUNDREDS of heartfelt tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after falling in to the sea.
David Sagar, 17, of Lewtas Street, Blackpool, was sat on the sea wall opposite Gynn Square, when he fell backwards in to the water.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene where a member of Blackpool RNLI pulled him out of the water.
Tragically David was pronounced dead on the shore.
Margaret Singleton, headteacher at David’s former school Bispham High, said: “Everyone at Bispham High School will be devastated to hear of the tragic death of one of our students.
“Our thoughts go, in particular, to his family and his sister who is still with us in Year 10.
“David was an intelligent young man with a great deal of potential and was still searching for a niche in life.
“Now, tragically, he will not be able to pursue what would have suited him.”
A Facebook group entitled: “RIP David Sagar never forgotten but missed loads xxx” currently has 888 members paying their respects to the teenager.
Danielle Jukes posted: “Rest in peace David, I’ll miss our late night talks and our cheesecake moments.”
Adam Shelton added: “David, we have been best mates since Year 6. I miss you bro, love you loads.
“I will never forget you were my brother. Can’t wait to see you again. We have had so many laughs and were always there for one another. Miss you loads bro :’( :’( xx”
Cherise-Sakura Egnor also posted: “I suppose I just want to say thank you for making Maths lessons bearable.
“My favourite memory has to be us flicking paper at each other with a ruler from across the room, it always makes me laugh thinking back to it.”
More than a dozen people have died in the sea at Gynn Square in the past 30 years.
Conservative councillor Henry Mitchell has campaigned tirelessly for more warning signs to be placed opposite Gynn Square since three police officers were swept to their deaths in 1983.
Two teenagers also died at the same spot in 2005.
Although police are treating this as a tragic accident, campaigners want more to be done to educate youngsters about the dangers of the sea.
Coun Mitchell told The Gazette: “It’s very dangerous down there, especially at this time of year, and I don’t know what the answer is.
“We can brief people, and I know emergency services go into schools, but for some reason it’s always at Gynn Square.
“I’m concerned for visitors because when you look at our Promenade it seems to be isolated at Gynn Square.”
Paul Parton, a member of Blackpool RNLI, wants schools to give a more rigorous water safety education to youngsters.
He added: “Children are taught the Green Cross Code and the dangers of roads at an early age, so why can’t they be taught about the dangers of the sea.
“We have to do the same when it comes to the sea and hopefully it will prevent another teenager from dying in the future.”
Anyone interested in organising lessons should visit rnli.org.uk.
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