The mum of a four-year-old boy killed in a tragic boating accident has paid tribute to the “bright little boy”.
“He was always happy to see his mum, see his sister and see his family,” Lauren Hilton told The Daily Telegraph.
“He was a happy four-year-old. A bright little boy.”
She said it was hard to believe Bentley’s life was taken “so quickly”.
She last saw her son on Mother’s Day but had spoken to him the night before he died.
“He was happy telling me about everything he was doing. We were laughing and giggling,” she said.
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Ms Hilton told Nine News: “I tried to close my eyes last night and all I could see was him… wanting to get out, yelling out for help”
Bentley was sitting in the passenger seat of a Ford XR8, while his grandfather reversed onto a boat ramp at Newall Ski Park, on the Hawkesbury River in Sydney’s northwest around 10.45am yesterday.
The vehicle then slid into the river and started sinking after the man got out to remove a tinnie strapped to the tray.
Bentley’s father and grandfather both dived into the water a number of times to try and save the boy who was strapped into the car with an adult’s seatbelt.
Divers eventually located the ute about 20m from the end of the ramp with the young boy restrained inside.
He could not be revived.
The vehicle will be examined to see if there was a mechanical failure.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of little Bentley.
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