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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Tributes paid to 'kind, caring boy' Callum Chapman

The family of a missing teenager whose body was found near Maryport have thanked volunteers who dedicated hours searching for him.

Callum Chapman photo
Callum Chapman

Related: Cumbria police confirm body is missing teen Callum Chapman

Callum Chapman was last seen at 3.50am on Sunday when police said he went for a walk. A passer-by discovered his body between Maryport and Allonby on Tuesday lunchtime.

Maryport Inshore Rescue volunteers were among those leading the search for Callum, spending hours scouring the coastline.

Callum, from Grimsby, had been visiting relatives in Ennerdale Road, Maryport, when the tragedy happened.

Within hours of police confirming the body found was that of Callum, his friends and family had taken to social networking site Facebook to pay tribute to the “kind, caring and loving” boy.

His mum, Nikki Moody, posted a photograph of her son, writing simply: “My baby boy sleeping with the angels.”

Sophiee Ann Louise Smith added her own emotional tribute to her friend: “It’s so hard thinking I could never say bye to you Callum. You are missed by a lot of people. You were such a kind, caring boy, a loving person. R.I.P. Callum Chapman, you’re amazing and forever in my thoughts.”

Despite their grief, Callum’s family have also taken the time to offer their gratitude to Maryport Inshore Rescue.

The team had been publishing regular updates on its search efforts, until Tuesday evening when someone simply wrote: “The thoughts of the crew from Maryport inshore rescue are with the bereaved family. We offer our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.”

Messages of support for the volunteers were swiftly added by Callum’s family.

Nikki Moody wrote: “This is Callum’s mum. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing jobs you do for families in their time of need. We have Callum back with us and the grieving process can begin. Thank you from the bottom of my heart x”

This was followed by a post from Bob Chapman: “Thank you so much for all your help with finding my little brother he is now resting peacefully, thank you so much.”

Maryport grandmother Sandra Chapman added: “Thank you to everyone who was involved in the search of my grandson Callum. Wish it could have been a better outcome but many thanks all the same xx”

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