An ‘extremely popular and talented’ Sutton pupil has drowned while on a school trip to Canada.
Jamal Ottun was on a rugby tour with his Wallington County Grammar School teammates and during a scheduled swimming trip last Sunday required help from the emergency services.
Despite their response Jamal could not be saved and he passed away at the scene.
Wallington County Grammar School head teacher Jonathan Wilden said: “Jamal was an exemplary Walcountian.
“He was a very generous individual, always looking for the best in people and wanting to help them achieve great things.”
Jamal was well known for being a keen sportsman, not just on the rugby pitch but also track running.
The year 12 student had posted a picture on social media of him and his teammates wearing the school’s grey hoodies.
#Canada🚢 A photo posted by Jamz🌚 (@jamal_ottun) on
Mr Wilden added: “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.
“Jamal’s family are obviously devastated by these events, and our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this time.
“This tragic event has left a huge hole in the WCGS community, and this is keenly felt by all staff, students and others who have come into contact with Jamal.”
The school released a statement thanking their Canadian hosts Shawnigan Lake School for the support they have offered, and also authorities in British Columbia.
The school has created a memorial area at the front of the school for pupils and teachers.
Featured image courtesy of Instagram