A FRIEND of Miracle Godson has spoken of his desperate attempts to save him from drowning.
Joel Robinson was with the 13-year-old at East Quarry in Appley Bridge on Friday afternoon when he went missing in the deep waters.
He said: “Three lads tried to jump in to save him but we couldn’t.
“He was a sound lad. He liked his rugby and was very good at it. He was such a nice lad who could have gone on to greater things. I hope it never happens to anyone again.”
Police divers eventually recovered Miracle’s body and a post mortem and formal identification is expected soon.
Within hours a Facebook page was set up in his memory and his rugby team - St Judes - asked all junior teams to have a minute’s silence this weekend before all games as a mark of respect for the 13-year-old.
Miracle, a St John Fisher High School pupil who lived in Marsh Green, joined St Judes only last season and had already showed great promise, with both Wigan Warriors and Saints watching him.
His coach, Jason Lawton, said: “He was amazingly talented and was destined for the top. He would definitely have made it professionally, with Wigan and St Helens both looking at him.
“And as a person, he was infectious. His personality was so bubbly and he was so respectful. He had a great attitude and always listened. He was a great team-mate.
“This news has affected us all. All the rugby lads got together to console each other and other rugby clubs have been in touch to send messages of condolences.”
And many others who know him in the rugby world took to Twitter to pay tribute.
@confarrell93 posted: “Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Miracle Godson a great lad with and outstanding talent RIP.”
@JohnODonnell25 wrote: “Devastated to hear a young lad I have coached at @WiganWarriorsCF died today! Thoughts to his family and @tommygall13 who coached him into a good player and a good person.. In the blink of an eye life can be over.. #gonetoquick”
@tommygall13 added: “Gutted my thoughts go out to the young lad’s family and friends. Was a pleasure to have known him but tragic life is too short #rip.”
@Jord_James said: “Tragic news about the young rugby player from Wigan, Only saw him play couple weeks ago, Heart goes to his family #LifeCanBeSoCruel”
Meanwhile, hundreds of people have posted a tribute on a memorial page on Facebook.
The close friend or relative who set up the page stated: “R.I.P. Miracle you was an amazing person who made lots of faces smiled.
You will be missed by loads.”
Jan Wane wrote: “So so sad. I remember Miracle so well. Such a beautiful hand writer and always hid a sketch book in his tray to sketch so detailed drawings. Sadly missed and thoughts to the family.xx”
Sarah Stanley said: “Very talented young man will be missed by so many xxx”
Jodie Dean wrote: “RIP Miracle. A very talented and caring pupil who will be sadly missed by pupils and staff. Thoughts go out to your family and friends xx”
Dee-j Kaye posted: “Miracle. Rest in paradise. You’re another beautiful angel created too soon. God love ya. X”
Aaron Pimblett wrote: “Quality lad on the pitch and off. Sadly missed.”