Happy and caring girl, 13, drowned after being pulled from lake

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The mum of a "happy and caring" teenage girl has paid tribute to her daughter after she drowned in an Oxfordshire lake during a heatwave.

Nicole Sanders, 13, died in hospital on Sunday after she was pulled out from Duclington Lake in Witney at around 2.30pm.

Her mum, Amanda Holmes has paid a heartfelt tribute to her "sassy" daughter who has a "wicked sense of humor."

She said: "She was happy, she was bright. She was just a caring girl.

"Don't get me wrong, she had her moments when she was a little madam but all kids do.

"Niki was so sassy, she had a wicked sense of humour.

“She would do anything to help any of us, was absolutely brilliant with her younger siblings and was a good friend."

Speaking of her heartache for the loss of her daughter, Amanda said she can't bring herself to go into her daughter's room and said Nicole's sister, who shared the room with her, won't go in either.

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She added: "I can't go in Niki's room, I can't do it. Her sister won't go in the room she shared with her.

"Her little brother is only six. He said 'don't worry Mummy, because she's a star and every time you see a star, it's Niki.'"

The mum is now asking for the lake to be cordoned off permanently to prevent more accidents as her child was one of 22 people who have drowned across the country during the heatwave.

"I will not stop until it is closed because at least then she didn't die for nothing, " Ms Holmes said.

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