Flowers and messages left by friends and relatives close to Weymouth Marina pay tribute to a “gifted” teenager who died after falling into the water last week.
The young man, named locally as Christopher Vaughan, but also known as Alan, was pulled from the water by a member of the crew of Weymouth RNLI lifeboat after emergency services were called to the harbour early last Thursday.
He was handed into the care of paramedics and taken to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, but died later.
Dorset Police are not treating his death as suspicious but are investigating how he came to be in the marina and also want to talk to the person who deployed a life buoy at the scene.
More than a dozen messages and floral tributes were at the site yesterday. One message read: “In loving memory of my son, Christopher, who died here aged 18 years. You will never be forgotten and always much loved.”
Another read: “I love you always. Your Keziah.”
Christopher was a former pupil of King Charles School, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, where Stuart Arch, assistant head teacher and director of sixth form studies, said he would be remembered as a “popular and talented” young man, who despite being a year younger than colleagues was: “able and intelligent” and matched them academically.
“He enjoyed science and played an active role in the school’s science club for gifted and talented students for a number of years,” he said.
Mr Arch added: “Chris was popular with his peers, having a ready wit and sense of humour.
“This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”