Dad Pays Tribute To Drowned Sons

David Yardy has bravely spoken to Heart after the bodies of his son and half-son were recovered from a lake near Ely.

A second body was found by divers on Monday searching for two brothers who went missing on a lake near Ely.

Trainee gamekeeper Luke Yardy, 17, and half-brother Ashley, 22, got into difficulties on Sunday morning after they took a rowing boat out onto the water at Kingfishers Bridge Project, near Wicken, Cambridgeshire.

It is believed they were trying to help an injured bird but Luke fell into the freezing water, and former lifeguard Ashley jumped in to rescue him. The pair are thought to have become caught in mud and reeds.

A body, which police say was that of a 22-year-old, was found at 4.15pm on Sunday and at 5pm on Monday the Metropolitan Water Search team and Spartan Rescue found what is believed to be Luke's body.

Dad David Yardy has spoken to Heart and said of his son Ashley "In my eyes he's a hero for doing what he's done. I've lost him, but to me he's done what anyone would do for their brother, he's tried to save his life".

David added: "Ashley enjoyed his life, he was just getting into being a stand-up comedian and was due to do a gig in Great Yarmouth later this month."

David also spoke to us about Luke "Luke is a totally outdoor person, and he just loved being out with animals. Like all boys you have your fall outs and your have your make-ups, and the two boys would do anything for each other".

Inspector Terry Furlong, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "Investigations will continue into the circumstances of this tragedy.''

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