Pas­sion­ate plea to re­spect cold wa­ter

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THE dev­as­tated brother of a teenager killed by cold wa­ter has opened up about his death, in the hope of sav­ing lives.

Cyle Gosling, now 12, lost his brother Cameron in 2015, when the 14-year-old plunged into the icy wa­ter of the River Wear.

The sud­den tem­per­a­ture change sent the teenager’s body into shock, killing him. His fam­ily has since cam­paigned for a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the dan­gers of cold wa­ter.

And brave Cyle is do­ing his part, giv­ing an emo­tional speech to fel­low stu­dents at Park­side Academy, Willing­ton – where Cameron was also a pupil – about life with­out his brother.

Speak­ing to year eight classes, Cyle said: “Imag­ine go­ing out ev­ery day and your best friend not be­ing there to laugh, joke and mess around with – that’s what it’s like for me.”

Re­call­ing the day his brother died, he con­tin­ued: “My mam and dad came and told me Cameron had jumped in the river and hadn’t come back up.

“My first re­ac­tion was to burst out in tears – to try and take my mind off what was hap­pen­ing in the other room I put some com­edy movies on Net­flix.

“Af­ter what seemed like for­ever we were told he had been found and I asked my mam and dad if he was alive – they both shook their heads.

“The tears started again, and this time wouldn’t stop. I turned all Cam’s pho­tos around out of the way, I just couldn’t look at them.

“Cameron wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend Cameron Gosling and I will never for­get him.”

Hop­ing to hon­our his sib­ling by stop­ping oth­ers from dy­ing in the same way, he of­fered a stark warn­ing to watch­ing teenagers.

He said: “The mes­sage my fam­ily wants to get out to ev­ery­one is ‘just stay safe around wa­ter, ac­cli­ma­tise your body to the tem­per­a­ture of the wa­ter be­fore jump­ing in, it will take you five min­utes and give you a bet­ter chance of go­ing home’.”

Par­ents Fiona and Sean Gosling with, from left, broth­ers Con­nor, Cyle and Cur­tis at the un­veil­ing of a bench in me­mory of Cameron Gosling

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