Teen Is 13th To Drown Off Mauritius This Year

A teenager died while swimming with dolphins after being best man at his father’s wedding on an island paradise.

Callum Howkins, 17, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, failed to surface during a dive at Tamarin Bay, Mauritius.

His body was found an hour later by the coastguard.

The tragedy happened on August 29 following his father’s marriage at the La Pirogue Hotel, a luxury four-star resort on the Indian Ocean island.

Callum had tweeted earlier: “Sitting on the beach, drinking from coconuts, watching the women’s water aerobics. Could life get any better?”

Police say the skipper of the dive boat had been arrested, but insist Callum had not been dragged down by the dolphins.

His death brings to 13 the number of people to have lost their lives in the area’s waters so far this year.

Police spokesman Darmarajen Mooroogan told the Mirror: “Callum was on an excursion off the coast of Tamarin Bay when he drowned while swimming.

“A skipper of the boat that conveyed him has been arrested. A preliminary charge of involuntary homicide by imprudence was lodged against him before a court of law. He did appear in court and was released on bail.

“The investigation is at a very early stage and we are not yet prepared to discuss details of the accident.”

His mum, Louise, told the Leicester Mercury: “I can’t put into words how amazing he was.

“He was beautiful inside and out.

“He used to say to me, ‘Mum, I’m 99.9% perfect’, and I always said, ‘No, you’re 100% perfect’.”

The teenager, who worked part time in a pub, had been about to start an engineering apprenticeship with Caterpillar after completing his first year of A-Levels at John Cleveland College in Hinckley, where staff and students have created a book of remembrance for him.

Callum’s dad, Gavin, said: “Nobody ever had a bad word to say about Callum.

“He was a real gentleman and treated everyone with so much respect.

“He touched everybody’s lives.

“He loved everybody and everybody loved him.

“He will always be my boy.”

A spokesman for John Cleveland College said: “Callum was a considerate, thoughtful young man with an infectious smile and an ability to bring people together.

“His humour and openness meant he was widely known, respected and liked by students and by staff.”

An inquest is to be be held into the circumstances of his death.

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22 September 2014 | 9:03 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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