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Teen Drowns On School Rugby Tour In Canada

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A teenage boy from a school in southwest London has died while swimming on a rugby tour in Canada.

Abdul Jamal Ottun, a year 12 pupil from Wallington County Grammar School, died on Sunday after getting school into trouble at Shawnigan Lake School British Columbia.

Jonathan Wilden, headmaster of the school in the London borough of Sutton, described Jamal as a keen sportsman and said the boy's family were devastated.

In a statement, Mr Wilden said emergency services were called to the school but were unable to save the teenager.

"Despite their response, and the considerable efforts of the school's own staff and students, Jamal could not be saved and sadly passed away at the scene," he said.

"Jamal was an exemplary Walcountian. During his time with us he developed a true love for Wallington County Grammar School and this was reciprocated by those who knew him too.

"He was a very generous individual, always looking for the best in people and wanting to help them achieve great things.

"Jamal would have continued to be a fantastic role model for others in the school and beyond, and would have undoubtedly become a great leader as house captain of Carew as part of the school's house system.

"Jamal was a very keen sportsman, be it on the rugby pitch, the running track or excelling in virtually any other sporting activity.

"The short time that he did spend on this trip was characterised by tremendous fun as demonstrated by the photographs that he had already shared with family and friends."

Pupils on the rugby tour will now return home and professional support will be available at the school in Sutton.


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