The father of a three-year-old boy who died after being found in a garden pond has described his son as an 'adventurer'.
Ruben Buckley was discovered in the rear garden of a house in Moseley, Birmingham, shortly before 5.30pm on Saturday.
Speaking after the opening of the inquest at Birmingham Coroner's Court into his death, his father, Louie Buckley, said his son was a "blessing" to him.
"He was an outdoor adventurer," he said. "If we got out of the car before we shut the car door, he would be up the road and we would have to run after him and chase him and get him back."
Ruben was visiting relatives, believed to be his aunt and uncle, when he went missing while playing with his cousins.
When asked if Ruben had been on an adventure that day, Mr Buckley replied: "He might have been adventurous that day."
Dozens of police officers and a helicopter joined in the search to find the youngster before he was discovered in the garden of a house on Anderton Park Road.
He had been reported missing from his relatives' house on nearby Coppice Road around an hour earlier.
Ruben was rushed to Birmingham Children's Hospital, but died shortly before midnight on Saturday.
Police described Ruben's death as a "tragic accident" and said they were not treating it as suspicious.
Detectives are still waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination on his body, West Midlands Police said.
During the brief hearing at Birmingham Coroner's Court, Ruben's mother, Barbara Parchment, confirmed that her son had been born in Birmingham and had died at the city's Children's Hospital.
Ruben's home address was not disclosed during the inquest.
He and his mother had been staying at the house in Coppice Road, which backs on to the garden in Anderton Park Road, for a few days when the accident happened.
After the brief hearing, Coroner Aidan Cotter spoke to Ms Parchment, who has another young child, and Mr Buckley, from Handsworth Wood, West Midlands, separately about releasing Ruben's body for burial.
The court was told that the family were in dispute over the funeral arrangements.
The inquest was adjourned until a date yet to be fixed in August or September.