THE DEVASTATED family of a toddler who drowned in Ingoldmells last week have paid a moving tribute to their “amazing little boy”.
Nineteen-month-old Kai Game died after falling into a lake at the Skegness Water Leisure Park on Saturday, September 3.
His family had been erecting a tent at the caravan site when the tot wandered off. His devastated father found him floating face down in the lake a short while later.
He dragged him ashore and made repeated unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him before the arrival of paramedics.
Now Kai’s parents, Neil (34) and Tammy (35), have spoken of their “devastation” at their loss and have revealed that they can’t bring themselves to return to the family home because of the painful memories it will drag up.
The pair, who live in the Peterborough area, have also urged parents to use the tragedy as a warning not to turn their backs for a second.
They said: “We feel devastated and numb. It feels like it’s not real and we just want him here running around. We look at his picture and we just want him to be here, with that cheeky grin.
“We miss him so much. Reality itself hasn’t really sunk in yet. We can’t imagine him not coming back.
“We haven’t been back home yet because we can’t bring ourselves to it. It couldn’t have happened to a more loving and caring child – it’s awful.
“It just happened so quickly, in seconds, and we hope it acts as a warning to other parents because we wouldn’t want anyone else to go through something like this.
“People should give their children a kiss and tell them they love them because you never know what’s around the corner. We would give anything to have the opportunity to do that again.”
Neil and Tammy also thanked everyone who has supported them since the tragedy.
They continued: “We want to give a big thank-you to everyone for their support. The police have been amazing and have been on the phone every day.
“Friends and family have been a massive support and have done so much running around. The support has been overwhelming”.
Describing Kai, they added: “He was so laid back and easy going and he didn’t have a care in the world. He was loving and cheeky and he never had tantrums.
“He’d play on he floor with his toys but he’d come over and give you a cuddle without being asked and then stay with you.
“We have two other children, Jordan aged 16 and Chloe who’s 10, and he just followed them everywhere.
“He would get the Xbox controller and sit there pressing the buttons.
“Kai was just learning to speak and we had recently moved him from his cot into a bed.
“He just loved being around people. People would come round he hadn’t met before and he would cry when they had to go.
“He loved playing all the time and was everyone’s best friend – an amazing little boy.”
Neil is a police constable based at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough and Tammy is a prison officer at HMP Peterborough.
At the time of Kai’s disappearance, Neil and Tammy were putting up a tent with Rabi Singh, who is Kai’s godfather and Neil’s friend, and Paul and Sam Redgate, who are close friends of the family.
Rabi Singh said: “Kai was a beautiful boy who brought so much happiness to everyone.
“His playful soul and cheeky smile will stay in our hearts forever.
“He was our ray of sunshine and will be truly missed by us all.”
Paul and Sam Redgate said: “Kai was such a happy and cheerful child. His loss will be felt by the many lives he touched.
“It was such a tragic accident and such a short life and no words can say how truly special he was.”
Kai’s funeral will take place at 11am on September 20 at Peterborough Crematorium.