Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fatal Crossing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fatal Crossing

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton

Daredevil teenager Adam Shad died trying to swim Loch Lomond after seeing his brother make the same crossing just days before.

The tragic 15-year-old lost his life where the River Falloch enters the icy waters of the loch.

His brother Joseph, 11, known as Jo-Jo, had made the crossing earlier in their holiday and mum Jeanette believes Adam may have also tried to swim back to shore.

But the dreadful weather on Tuesday night would have made it difficult for even experienced swimmers to navigate the treacherous undercurrents and fast flowing water.

In an exclusive interview hours after Adam had been found, tearful mum Jeanette Cooper said: "Jo-Jo had swam that stretch earlier in the holidays and Adam may have thought it was safe. He wouldn't have realised just how dangerous it was."

A typical teenager, Adam was full of life and eager to explore the beautiful banks and hills around Loch Lomond.

If tragedy had not struck on Tuesday, the 15-year-old would have returned to the campsite and his family at Ardlui full of tales of his wonderful afternoon in the Scottish sunshine.

He had struggled back from a debilitating car crash and would insist to friends and family there was nothing wrong with him, despite being registered disabled.

Jeanette, 39, and stepdad Terry, 36, had decided to stay another day at the campsite after seeing how much Adam and his brother Joseph, 11, were enjoying themselves.

Friends they had made while in Scotland had promised to take the youngsters water-skiing and Jeanette knew Adam would have loved it. On the day Adam died, Terry had rowed the teenager the short distance across the loch so he could have some time by himself exploring craggy Cruach hill opposite the campsite.

Fighting back tears after learning Adam had lost his life trying to swim back across the loch, Jeanette described him as an impulsive boy with a lust for life.

Jeanette, of Felling, Gateshead, said: "We had been so protective of him since the accident at Christmas and we were worried about what would happen if we let him go climbing in the hills by himself. …

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