THE family of a nine-year-old boy who died after falling into a weir have spoken of their 'heartbreak and devastation'.
Kai Lambe's family issued a statement only hours after police confirmed the youngster, from Heathway, Hatton, lost his life after falling into water near to Tutbury Mill on the River Dove on Friday evening.
The youngster passed away at Burton's Queen's Hospital despite the efforts of firefighters at the scene to save his life.
Kai's family said: "We are heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our vibrant, happy, bubbly little man.
"He was our ray of sunshine who brightened up the darkest day. We, as a family, are overwhelmed with the support from everyone in the close-knit village of Hatton and from people afar.
"He was always out and about, whether it was fishing, taking his beloved dogs for a walk with his dad or just in the village. He would smile and put his thumb up to everyone. Kai was a happy, outgoing and lovely little boy."
"He was a much-loved son of Dawn and Ali, little brother of Ellie-May and Tom, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and loved by many."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We are appealing for the public's help in identifying three children who were also at the weir at 6.15pm on Friday.
"These children, not known to Kai or his friends and not from Hatton, tried to help and may have witnessed something that will help detectives establish the exact circumstances of what happened. They may be from the Tutbury area. Unfortunately there is not a description of the three children at this time.
"Detectives would also be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident who may have been walking through Tutbury by the river around that time. Anyone with any information is asked to call DC Katie Sigley at Staffordshire Police on 101.
"Specially trained officers are now supporting the boy's family and friends at this very difficult time."
A fund-raising page has been set up to raise money to pay for a memorial in his memory with more than £900 having been raised. People can donate by heading online to http://ow.ly/AF67I
Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, said: "I was devastated to read about the death of this poor young boy. My thoughts and best wishes go to his family at what must be a hugely difficult time for them."