Coroner records accidental death of teen Luke Somerfield at disused Carmarthenshire quarry
A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest of a 14-year-old boy who drowned at a disused quarry in Carmarthenshire.
An inquest at Llanelli town hall heard that Luke Somerfield, who lived in Ffairfach, was with three friends at Cilyrychen Quarry on June 6 this year when they swam in the lake using a lifesaver ring.
The teenager, who was a pupil at Ysgol Tre-Gib in Llandeilo, got into difficulty while playing around with a lifebuoy in the quarry, which is known locally as Blue Lagoon.
His arm got stuck in a rope attached to the lifesaving device, causing him to thrash around in panic in the freezing-cold lake,
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Despite an attempt by a friend and two police officers – one of whom is a former lifeguard – the teenager’s life could not be saved.
After recording a verdict of accidental death, Carmarthenshire coroner Mark Leighton said: “I would like to offer and extend my sympathies of Luke’s friends and family.
"I would also like to commend the bravery and courage displayed by officer Lang and officer Morgan as well as others who played a part in the rescue effort.”
Following his death, Luke's parents David and Kim-Marie warned other young people about the dangers of swimming in the quarry.
Dyfed Powys Police say they received around 10 reports of people swimming in the past two years, which prompted them to launch a safety awareness campaign in 2010.