A heartbroken mum pays tribute to her 'legend' young son who drowned after falling into a pond.
Lynne Mullins says she'll never get over losing her 22-year-old boy, who was a "loving dad" and cared about his two young children deeply.
He was also described as a "funny, outgoing and cheeky chappy".
Lynne, 43, saw him every day and said "parents shouldn't be burying their children".
Bret fell into difficulty after becoming stuck in a pond and later died in hospital, writes HullLive.
An inquest is set to beheld to determine how he died, but it's believed he may have suffered from shock and drowned after submerging in cold water.
He'd gone into the garden pond to bring fish from there into the indoor tank.
Bu, 20 minuets later, he was found by his family – it was too late to save him.
"It is such an ironic thing that Bret drowned as he was such a good swimmer," said Mrs Mullins.
"My oldest son rang me to tell me what happened and he said 'Bret's dead' – I just screamed down the phone when I found out and rushed around there as quick as I could.
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"I knew he was dead when I saw him and I just kissed him and told him that I loved him.
"They tried for five hours in hospital to save him, but eventually had to turn off the machines.
"He was close to his grandad who died two years ago and always said he missed him, so he is up there now with his grandad and grandma and I know he will be looking down on us and even fishing and playing football up there."
Bret died on October 17, after doctors turned off his life support machine. He was given a funeral including a horse-drawn cart in Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium on November 4.
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"Bret was funny, outgoing and loved fishing and was a great football player," said Mrs Mullins.
"He worked as a roofer and was a cheeky chappy and was called 'legend' around Orchard Park and had so many friends.
"He was a twin with his brother Brad and had an older brother David and sister Kerry.
"He also has a one-year-old daughter Ria and two-year-old daughter, Ronnie.
"I saw him every day – he was a proper mammy's boy and I would call on him after work or he would come around and see me on his bike.
"Bret was so much fun and a real practical joker. He worked as a roofer and used to nail planks of wood to the roof and ask his boss to pass him a plank that had been nailed down, and his boss used to always fall for it.
"He just used to do stupid stuff to people for a laugh and made so many people smile.
"He was just 22 and has gone far too young and would have been 23 on Saturday – parents shouldn't have to be burying their children.
"Bret was just such a likeable lad and I can't believe that he has gone."
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