INQUEST: Boy, 11, died after ‘getting into trouble’ in canal

Subhaan Ali who drowned in the Sheffield Navigation Canal
Subhaan Ali who drowned in the Sheffield Navigation Canal

An 11-year-old boy died after ‘getting into trouble’ in a canal just a few hundred metres from his South Yorkshire home, an inquest has heard.

Subhaan Ali was pronounced dead at 10.45pm on Thursday after being pulled from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Canal near Retail World, Parkgate, Rotherham.

Senior Doncaster Coroner Nicola Mundy told the inquest: “Subhaan was believed to have been playing with children of a similar age near to the canal when he got into trouble.

“Subhaan was recovered from the canal and there have been a number of inquiries made and a number of witnesses spoken to about the circumstances surrounding his death.”

The alarm was raised when Subhaan, of Edon Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, disappeared under the water and failed to re-emerge.

Police and fire service water rescue specialists spent four hours searching the canal before his body was found.

The youngster had just broken up from Sitwell Junior School for the summer and was due to start at Clifton Community School in September.

Dozens of frantic friends and relatives raced to the canal to try to help.

Coroners’ officer Sarah Granger confirmed the officer in charge of the investigation, Det Insp Graham Stead, had released Subhaan’s body to his family, who are now in the process of arranging his funeral. 

No-one from Subhaan’s family was present at the opening of the inquest, which has now been adjourned until later in the year in order to allow for further reports to be made.

Det Insp Graham Stead said: “Our deepest sympathies go to Subhaan’s family.

“A thorough and comprehensive investigation is continuing, but I can confirm that there appears to be no suspicious circumstances.

“We will continue to provide support to the family and provide the necessary information to the coroner.”

Tributes to the tragic schoolboy have flooded.

Helen Bagshaw said: “My heartfelt condolences go out to the young boy’s family and friends, I can only imagine what they must be going through.”

Stephanie Louise Folger said: “Poor little mite. RIP little fella. Such a sad tragic loss.”