‘Fun-loving’ teenager who drowned near pier ‘had everything to look forward to’

A 19-year-old man who drowned near a pier has been pictured for the first time as his devastated family paid tribute to him.

Adam Dodd got into difficulty while swimming close to the St Anne’s Pier in Blackpool at around 7.20pm on Friday.

The personal trainer was rescued from the water and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but unfortunately passed away a short time later.

Three other people were taken to hospital following the tragedy to be treated for water inhalation, Lancashire Police said.

Adam’s family have now paid tribute to him, describing him as a “fun-loving person” who had “just started his career”.

His relatives said in a statement: “As a family, we are truly devastated at the loss of Adam.

“Adam was a fun-loving person who enjoyed life to the maximum.

“He was positive, determined and ambitious. He had just started his career as PT instructor and had everything to look forward to.

“At this time we would respectfully ask for our privacy so that we can grieve as a family.”

Lancashire Police said: “His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

“Our thoughts remain with Adam’s loved ones at this sad time.”

Emergency services have urged people to be cautious after at least 17 people drowned during last week’s heatwave.

The Royal Life Saving Society described the death toll as “devastating” and said people should choose supervised spots to cool off when the weather is hot.

The RLSS launched a “summer water safety” campaign, giving people some practical advice to stay safe while having fun.

It says people should look for lifeguarded swimming sites and bring a friend with them if possible.

The website adds: “Water at open water and inland sites is often much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue.

“Always swim parallel to the shore, that way you’re never too far away from it.

“Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a riptide – don’t swim against it – you’ll tire yourself out. Swim with the current and call for help.”

Last Wednesday, the body of a 15-year-old boy was rescued from the River Trent in Swarkestone, Derbyshire.

On Tuesday last week, West Yorkshire Police said the body of a 15-year-old boy was retrieved from a canal in Knottingley.

Elsewhere, a woman who was pulled from the water at Axmouth Harbour on Sunday has died, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed.