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Family pays homage to Goit Stock drowning victim Abu Farhan

THE family of a boy who drowned at a popular beauty spot in the neighborhood paid tribute to their “lovely” son and brother and asked if more could be done to prevent further tragedies.

Mohammad Abu Farhan was visiting Goit Stock Waterfall in Cullingworth with friends on the afternoon of March 30, when he entered the water at the site and found himself in trouble.

The 14-year-old man, from Barkerend, tragically went below the surface of the water and drowned, with expert police divers recovering his body from the site later that evening.

His body was laid to rest in an emotional funeral service on April 1.

Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph & Argus, Abu’s family said his tragic death left the family heartbroken and they still come to terms with his passing.

The family said, “Abu was a really lovely boy, he was the youngest of the brothers and no one has anything bad to say about him.

“He was always there to help and did a lot at home for his parents and siblings.

“It was a really tough month for the family; it was hard to come to terms with it and we are still heartbroken.

Following news of Abu’s tragic death to Goit Stock, there was a wave of grief from friends and people in Bradford and beyond over the loss of a boy so kind and much loved.

A fundraiser was set up in her honor through GoFundMe by her family to raise funds for orphaned children in Bangladesh.

Over £ 4,000 has been donated to the cause, which will be used to provide food and shelter for children in the South Asian country.

Abu’s family said the support they received from their community, district and through fundraising was a source of strength throughout the grieving process.

They said: “The support we have received has been enormous, we have been quite overwhelmed and we really appreciate all the help and support that everyone has given us.”

The family are now asking for privacy to allow them to cry, and added that they “will always remember the good times.”

After Abu’s death, concerns were raised about the safety of the scenic Goit Stock waterfall and what could be done to try to reduce access to the area.

The waterfall sits on private land and was somewhat of a hidden gem, but when the lockdown hit and walks became the only source of freedom for most people, the sites became popular with walkers and revelers. increased.

It has also become a popular place for Instagram users looking for a scenic environment to try and rack up likes on their posts.

However, the risks of free running water are real, and Abu’s family have asked if more can be done to make the area safer.

They asked if the stunt could be closed to the public to prevent something similar from happening again, and it’s something local councilors and Shipley MP Philip Davies have also raised.

Mr Davies offered his condolences to the family and said the lack of warnings on the site was “quite stark”.

“I visited local residents after the tragedy and what struck me is that there are no warning signs there,” he said.

“There is a ‘no swimming’ sign but it is not a warning, there must be proper warnings such as ‘deep water’ and ‘danger’ and I have written to the Bradford Council about it and j hope to get a positive response.

“We must also avoid pushing Goit Stock as a tourist spot; if you go it is quite difficult and quite dangerous terrain and we should warn people not to encourage them to enter.

“Of course it is too late for the parents and my heart goes out to them, but the responsibility is that we have to make sure that no other family has to go through the same grief.”

Cllr Naveed Riaz (Con, Bingley Rural) said that “lessons must be learned” from the tragedy, but as the site is on private land, the Council “hands are tied” on the matter, but the work is in progress to try to set up security. precautions.

Cllr Paul Sullivan (Con, Bingley Rural) also said the boom in traffic to the site over the past 12 months was a cause for concern, with people traveling from as far as Manchester to see the falls and stroll through the area, and said he had “literally hundreds of people there at once” on a patrol he undertook.

Emergency services were called at 6 p.m. and arrived quickly, but it was not until around 11 p.m. that Abu’s body was recovered from the water by expert police divers, and the family of ‘Abu asked why it had taken so long and why the team had to come from Hull. .

In 2012, the dive teams from each Yorkshire gendarmerie were merged, saving £ 400,000 at the time, which police say created a ‘dedicated and specialized’ team covering the entire region.

Sergeant Paul Jackson, Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Underwater Research Unit, said: ‘Our ongoing work in the Yorkshire region allows us to participate in any investigation or search after the deployment of first aid services. .

“In 2012 West Yorkshire Police, Humberside Police and South Yorkshire Police merged their diving teams into one regional unit. This allowed a dedicated, full-time underwater research team to be available 24/7 for advice and deployment.

“This translated into the ability to purchase specialized equipment, which reduced research time, improved knowledge and expertise in the field, and enabled all team members to undertake extensive training programs.

“We will continue to support the region in the necessary resumption of investigations and we are fully equipped to provide effective assistance and support in regional investigations.”

The company that owns the land on which the Goit Stock waterfall sits – Harden & Bingley Park Limited – has been contacted for comment but has not responded.