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Teenage boy drowns at Gullet Quarry

Date
06/07/2013
What Happened
Person tired/overwhelmed by water
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
Drowning
Outcome
Accident suspected
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
Russell O'Neill died on 6 July swimming at Gullet Quarry, near Malvern, Worcestershire.

Russell O'Neill, 17, of Worcester, became the first victim of the summer heatwave after he disappeared in 100ft deep waters while swimming at Gullet Quarry in the Malvern Hills on Saturday.

The promising footballer, from Worcester, had been cooling off with friends when he got into difficulties and disappeared below the waters at 1pm.

Following a frantic search by emergency services Russell was pulled from the quarry four hours later. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he was declared dead at the scene at 4.50pm.

A note left at the spot by the student's parents read: 'Russell, We will miss you so much.
'Life won’t be the same without you. You were our hero, our friend and a special son.
'No one could have wished for a better son than you were. We will miss your smile.'

A note from Russell's sister, Sophie, said: 'I love you forever little bro. If I could swap places with I would without a doubt.'

Supporting Information
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-23324409
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358201/Tribute-teenager-died-abandoned-quarry-Malvern-Hills-swimming-hottest-day-year.html

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