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Family pays tribute to boy who died in Rochdale canal fall


The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after falling into a canal in Rochdale have paid tribute to him, saying they take comfort in his organ donation.

Emergency services were called to the stretch of canal near Boarshaw Clough Way in Middleton, where Rafael Pizarro had fallen in, at around 8pm on Sunday 6 June.

Rafael was taken to hospital but sadly passed away early on Tuesday morning, and his family have said they have found the events ‘hard to comprehend’.

“Rafael had a big impact on his family and friends and was much loved and we will truly miss him,” said his family.

“Out of this tragedy we are comforted to know that’s his organ donation will help others in Manchester and across the country”.

The family thanked Manchester Children’s Hospital for caring for Rafael, and urged parents to talk to children about water safety.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, with Detective Inspector Kate Atton, of GMP’s Rochdale borough, describing it as a ‘tragic accident’.

She added that: “I would urge people, especially children, to take care around the water and try not to swim anywhere other than supervised swimming pools”.

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