Mum ‘devastated’ after ‘hero’ boy, 14, dies trying to save girl who can’t swim

A grieving mum has been left 'devastated' after her "hero" son died after attempting to save a girl who was struggling in water.

Logan Folger, 14, raced to his petrified friend's aid as she screamed for help while in the canal.

The brave teen got into difficulty himself after jumping in last Wednesday, near Mill Green in Staveley, Derbyshire.

Fire crews rushed to the scene and pulled Logan out of the water and he was taken to hospital, but sadly died three days later.

His mum Stacey Bently told The Sun: “It was of some comfort that he managed to save his friend who I don’t think could swim. He is a hero.

"But I wish he’d been selfish and too scared to go into the water himself because he would still be alive today.

“It’s so sad that a hero gets re-paid saving the life of another."

The mum-of-six, from Chesterfield, paid tribute to the teen who would "do anything for anybody" and had a "heart of gold".

Logan was trapped underwater for almost half an hour after a strong current dragged him.

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Emergency services battle to find him but they tragically found him unconscious from the water.

Stacey, 35, explained how Logan had gone to the canal with three friends, two boys and a girl.

She said the girl, who was the same age as her son, was in the water knee-deep when it suddenly dropped further.

She said the girl began "struggling and said she can't swim" and Logan dived in to save her "without thinking".

After Logan was pulled out by fire crews they managed to get his heart beating again, says Stacey, "he was fighting", but he sadly died on the Saturday.

The mum added: "We are all absolutely devastated. I still can’t believe he has gone.

An inquest into his death opened on Monday, where it was heard he died after jumping into the water to try and save his friend.

Derbyshire coroner Peter Nieto said: "There are no apparent suspicious circumstances and this appears to have been a tragic accident of three friends swimming in the canal."

The hearing has been adjourned until November 15.

A special send-off in honour of the teen is being held on Friday (August 27) at Hollingwood Top Field at 2pm.

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