A cute boy has died after being sucked into a canal weir after he fell while feeding bread to ducks, an inquest has heard.
Dylan Milsom, 3, tripped on a tuft of grass when he went to throw a piece of bread, but went into the water.
The fast-flowing canal water then dragged him downstream in Newbury, Berkshire, UK, and his body was later discovered underwater.
The incident happened while he was on a day out with his family just shortly before Mother’s Day.
His grandmother, Jackie Arrowsmith, speaking to reporters said:
‘I threw myself to the floor and grabbed Dylan, I caught the top of his hair but I could not grab anything else.’
His mum Shelley Nardini, 36, then jumped into the cold water but was also sucked into the weir and spat out of the other side, unable to get hold of her son.
She said: ‘Dylan had been wanting to feed the ducks for a long time…he was throwing the bread but it wasn’t good enough as it was going on the floor. There was a gate, Dylan went under and I told him to hold on.
‘I turned around to collect the second bag of bread when I heard my mother shout. I turned around and saw Dylan in the water. I jumped in, Dylan was ahead of me. I saw there was a weir which Dylan and I got sucked into.
‘The current was really fast and I could not see Dylan. I grabbed onto a tree and I was shouting at my mum to find Dylan and call an ambulance. Lots of people had gathered and I was shouting at them to find my boy.’
Witnesses Clare Perrot and Steven Milson called for help and pulled Shelley out of the Kennet and Avon Canal when she was unable to get to her son.
Emergency services later pulled the boy’s body from the water after it was spotted by a police officer and he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
However, he was declared dead as a result of drowning.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, assistant coroner Ian Wade said: ‘Dylan loved to feed the ducks and we all do what we can to encourage youngsters to engage with nature. You give them the bread, stand with them, but sometimes things go wrong.
‘The water was fast flowing, Dylan was swept away and he never resurfaced until he was found floating under the surface. This was nobody’s fault, this was a plainly unwanted and unforeseen accident. The tragedy is unbearable.’