Teenager drowned inquest told

A TEENAGER drowned after going missing from a beach party at Walberswick, near Southwold, an inquest heard.The body of Rory Unwin-Rose, 15, of Cretingham, near Framlingham, was found in the River Blyth at Southwold on Sunday, August 10.

A TEENAGER drowned after going missing from a beach party at Walberswick, near Southwold, an inquest heard.

The body of Rory Unwin-Rose, 15, of Cretingham, near Framlingham, was found in the River Blyth at Southwold on Sunday, August 10.

Rory, who was a student at Woodbridge School, was last seen walking towards the river during the early hours of Thursday, August 7, following a beach party at Walberswick attended by some of his closest friends.

A huge search operation was launched in an attempt to find Rory involving police officers, coastguards, lifeboat crews and members of the Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue Team.


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It was feared at the time that Rory had wandered off and fell and may lay injured in the open countryside around the Blyth estuary.

His parents and friends also made emotional pleas for the youngster to get in touch as it was possible he was staying with friends and was afraid to make contact because of the huge publicity surrounding his disappearance.

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However, on Sunday evening, August 10, everyone's worst fears were realised when a body was discovered in the River Blyth.

Lowestoft Coroner George Leguen de Lacroix opened the inquest yesterday

after receiving evidence of identification.

A post-mortem examination report carried out by pathologists at the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston revealed that the teenager had died from "a subdural haemorrhage as a result of dry drowning".

Dry drowning happens when the victim is immersed in water and the body goes into shock resulting in a severe muscle spasm of the larynx that prevents the lungs from filling up with water.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until Friday, October 3.

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