A Muslim teenager and his 17-year-old secret British girlfriend died after he fell into a 20ft-deep canal lock and she jumped in to  rescue him, friends of the couple said  last night.

UK DAILY MAIL  Schoolgirl Sara Rylance, 17, was trying  to ‘save the one she loved’, 18-year-old Fayz Uddin. Mr Uddin, a Muslim of Bangladeshi origin, had not told his parents about his relationship with Sara, his best friend said.

It is understood Mr Uddin fell into the high-sided lock of the Birmingham Canal, which was full at the time. Fire and ambulance crews were called with police to the scene. The couple were unconscious when they were dragged out of the water at around 7.30pm and later died.