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‘She was cut away far too young’ – tributes to tragic Sussex Lucy Sallis teenager
A 19-year-old woman believed to have drowned in a swimming pool while in the French Alps was “cut away too young”.
Friends of tragic teenager Lucy Sallis yesterday (January 31) paid tribute to “the most perfect girl”.
Lucy attended schools in Sussex including Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham, Felpham Community College, near Bognor, and Chichester Community College.
A spokeswoman for Chichester College, where she studied food preparation until summer 2011, said: “I’ve spoken to her teachers and she was a really good student and a really nice girl.
“The whole college sends its condolences to her family.
“She was cut away too young.”
Mark Anstiss, headteacher of Felpham Community College, said: “It’s a complete tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family and friends and we will be providing support for pupils who are affected.
“She joined our school in Year 10 and was here for two years, studying for GCSEs. She received good marks.”
In one picture on Lucy’s Facebook page she is seen with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
Yesterday, her mother Karen, in Nyewood Lane, Bognor, was too upset to speak.
On Twitter people paid tribute to Lucy.
One girl said: “She is beautiful, she’s the most perfect girl I’ve ever met.”
Brighton-based SkiBound, who Lucy worked for, said: “The thoughts and condolences of all at SkiBound are with the family and friends.
“All our efforts are focused on ensuring they are supported in any way possible through this very difficult time.”
Lucy was found unconscious in an outdoor pool in the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez where she had been working as a trainee chef.
Trapped under pool cover
French police said Lucy, who was working at the Hotel Belle Aurore, is thought to have stripped off before diving or jumping into the pool in the early hours of Wednesday morning (January 30).
It is thought she became trapped under a tarpaulin that was partly covering the pool in the resort.
Her friends tried to pull the tarpaulin away and a rescue team attempted to resuscitate her but she died at the scene.
A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out yesterday.
A local police spokesman is reported as saying: “It was late at night and the young girl and a boyfriend decided they wanted to take a swim.
“The pool was closed so they climbed the wall.
“There are two swimming pools, both of which are covered at night.
“The girl jumped into the smaller pool.
“The boy went looking around. Then when he went to the pool he found the girl’s lifeless body.”
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