Family's tribute after pond death

LOVING tributes have been paid to a “free spirited” teenager who died after being pulled from a pond in Ipswich

Russell Claydon

LOVING tributes have been paid to a “free spirited” teenager who died after pulled from a pond in Ipswich.

The shattered family of Ashley Dorling spoke of their devastation at the loss of their son, brother and nephew.

The 15-year-old, from Lavender Hill, Ipswich, was relaxing with a friend and older brother Garry, 22, at the pond near Jovian Way when tragedy struck.


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Police were called to the scene by a member of the public at about 4.10pm after hearing shouts for help from the pond, which is situated on the housing development near to Morrisons on the Sproughton Industrial estate.

Police, the ambulance service, the fire service and Air Sea Rescue conducted an immediate search of the pond to try and locate Ashley.

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He was recovered after an hour before he was taken to Ipswich Hospital in a critical condition. But despite the best efforts of medics, he was declared dead soon after his arrival.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

Laying flowers at the scene, his family spoke of their “huge loss” and desperate sadness at Ashley's death.

Rosemary Dorling said her son, who was not a strong swimmer, adored fishing in Felixstowe and meeting up with friends.

“He loved hanging out with his friends in his caravan in our front drive,” she said. “He liked doing things up - he was so good with his hands. He was a real help around the house.

“He will be sadly missed by all the family and his friends. I am just so sad his baby brother Ryan will have to grow up without him around.”

The former Holywells High School pupil had started a course at Nacro, an education establishment aimed at providing more vocational careers.

His auntie, Sandra Grimwood said she could not believe he was gone.

“Fifteen years is no age to die,” she said. “He still has so much to do with his life.”

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