Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Cliff fall tragedy: Serene Father's Day on the coast shattered by little Logan's death

Logan Crawford (7) died after being found at the bottom of cliffs in Ballycastle, Co Antrim
Logan Crawford (7) died after being found at the bottom of cliffs in Ballycastle, Co Antrim
The Royal Navy helicopter winches the seven-year-old boy from the sea at Ballycastle before taking him to Causeway Hospital where he died
Logan and his friends drew an angel

Drawn in chalk on the pavement outside Logan Crawford's home are two angels. The youngster and his friends scrawled them while enjoying the summer weather in the coastal town of Ballycastle on Saturday evening.

Below one of the angels, the happy-go-lucky seven-year-old had written his name.

The following day, Father's Day, another evening during which Marconi Park had been filled with the sound of children's laughter, ended in heartbreaking tragedy.

Logan's dad Robin had tears in his eyes when he answered the door of his home yesterday.

For him Father's Day will forever mark the saddest of anniversaries. Logan and his younger brother had been playing with friends in the Ballycastle estate, which sits just a five-minute walk from the north Antrim coastline.

So often a vantage point to take in the rugged coast, the spot close to a busy caravan park was yesterday cordoned off by police tape, the scene of a devastating accident.

A large teddy bear had been left at a gate through which it is believed Logan and his friends had passed on their way to the edge of the cliff.

It was unlocked yesterday as I traced the children's steps from Marconi Park. From the roadside the dangers aren't apparent, and no signage warning of the risks could be seen. A large slope in the centre of the field masks both the picturesque view, but also the exposed cliff-edge. Once over it, just a matter of yards of land separate walkers from the sheer 60ft drop which cost Logan his young life.

Rather than sightseers and tourists, police officers maintained a cordon in the area yesterday.

Logan's mother said her son had been out of sight for a very short time, and she believed he had been playing with other children gathered close to her home. Shortly after 7pm on Sunday another son, Orion, ran to his front door to tell his parents of the horror fall. Charlieen Crawford's front garden was full of her three sons' toys as she told this newspaper of receiving the worst news imaginable for any parent.

Among them, Logan's bicycle – two sizes too big for his young years, something he was exceptionally proud of.

Neighbours and family members called at the house throughout the day as the community in which the popular family live tried to come to terms with the news.

Pink bunting put up throughout the town to celebrate the Giro d'Italia passing through last month was still in place.

On that occasion, Ballycastle was united by the upbeat, carnival atmosphere the event brought. Yesterday, the universal emotion was one of sadness.

"I saw Logan and the other children just yesterday running round as happy as can be," a neighbour said. "When you look at the drawings in the street and see the angels it would break your heart.

"Logan is now among them."

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