Coroner warns others not to swim in lakes and rivers after man's death

Evening Standard 2 weeks ago

A coroner has warned others not to swim in rivers and lakes after the death of a man who drowned during a day out with his friends and their children.

Carl Storer, 21, died at Chasewater reservoir in Burntwood, Staffordshire on June 30 when he swam beyond one of the children, aged 10 and 13, and disappeared under the water.

Assistant coroner for South Staffordshire, Ian Smith, recorded a conclusion of accidental death and Mr Storer's cause of death was drowning.

Reports first suggested Mr Storer had tried to save one of the children but the coroner told the inquest that this was not the case.

Concluding the inquest at Cannock Coroner's Court on Tuesday, Mr Smith said: "Carl was attending with friends and their children on the afternoon of June 30 where they had a barbecue - they were having fun and relaxing as they are more than entitled to do.

"Sadly, it appears that all concerned ignored the warnings they were given around Chasewater.

"People just do not seem to appreciate how cold these lakes and rivers are and how dangerous they are.

"Carl went in the water to fetch the children out - he was not saving their lives."

Detective Sergeant Andy Curran of Staffordshire Police, who was giving evidence, also warned of the dangers of swimming in the water.

He said: "There are multiple signs indicating the dangers of going into the water.

"They would have been obvious to anybody going to the area."

Mr Storer's family said after his death: "You were a really good brother and you will be deeply missed by family and friends.

"Rest in peace and fly with the eagles. You will always be loved."

Additional reporting by PA Media

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