'I tried but I just could not save my pal Ricky'
A friend of the 13-year-old boy who drowned at a man-made lake on Friday has told of how he tried in vain to pull the boy from the water.
Ricky Osagie had jumped into the water at Waterville Hall park in Blanchardstown on Friday evening to try and save two girls who had got into difficulty while swimming.
However, he then also got into difficulty.
He was later pulled from the water and rushed to hospital but could not be revived.
One friend who was at the scene, Joshua Kayode, has posted on Facebook how he tried to save his pal's life.
"We were close when it came to football, he understood me in every way," Joshua wrote.
"I thought he was joking around because he was the biggest messer ever but when I saw his eyes getting red I swam out to him, but any time I got hold of his hand he was drifting further away from me," he explained.
"My heart goes out to his close friends and family. R.I.P Ricky Osagie gone but never forgotten."
He and other friends of Ricky's have been posting messages of remembrance of him on their Facebook pages.
Joshua posted a picture of Ricky with angel's wings and the message 'Gone but not Forgotten'.
Ricky's funeral is to take place next Saturday in St Patrick's Church in Corduff.
Ricky lost his fight for life in Temple Street Children’s Hospital with his parents at his side on Saturday morning.
Joshua and other friends of Ricky’s have been posting messages of remembrance of him on Facebook. The young teen was a successful footballer with Corduff FC.
A friend named Sarah Meta changed her profile picture to one of Ricky’s selfies. And Orlaith Opara posted pictures of Ricky with the message “RIP I Love You”.
Meanwhile, a large number of family, friends and neighbours have been gathering at the Osagies’ home on Warrenstown Rise to console them on their loss.
“I’m feeling bad, I’m missing my son. He was the only son I had,” said Ricky’s heartbroken father, Kelly.
“My son is gone but a girl is alive because of him. My son died a hero.”
He added that when he was called to the lake Ricky had already been under the water for at least 30 minute, but it took another 20 minutes before he was found. Paramedics arrived at 6.15pm and all three teens — Ricky and the two girls — were taken from the water.
There are no signs around the lake alerting people to any dangers of swimming, but there is a supply of life rings placed at intervals around the lake edge.
But Mr Osagie was critical that the lake was not protected by fencing. The heartbroken dad is now calling on Fingal County Council to improve the lakeside.
“Ricky lost his life to save others. He had a passion for people,” he added.
At the scene of the drowning tragedy pals of Ricky gathered last night to lay floral tributes and write messages on football jerseys, flags and teddy bears.