A CORONER has ruled that the death of a Bridgwater teenager, who drowned in a swimming pool in Tenerife in 2019, was “accidental”.
Leah Wilson, 17, died on August 12 while on holiday with her family in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
An inquest held at Somerset Coroner’s Court in Taunton today heard what happened leading up to her death and how her mother, Marie Fitzsimmons, was awoken by her family’s screams after the they found Leah in the pool unresponsive at around 7.25am.
Miss Wilson was pronounced dead at a local hospital at around 1pm. A police investigation was carried out but found no suspicious circumstances.
Tim Hayden, assistant coroner for Somerset, recorded a conclusion of accidental death with the cause of death asphyxia due to being submerged in the water.
A group of 12 people, including Miss Wilson’s mother, father, sister, nephews and Leah’s friend Renee Godbeer, had been on holiday in a private villa since August 6, with the original plan to fly home on August 16.
Marie Fitzsimmons said after the event she would never go abroad or near water again as she remembered her ‘beautiful, bright and full of life’ daughter.
Her sister described her as “beautiful, funny and intelligent”.