A fatal accident inquiry is to be held after a teenager died whilst on an adventure holiday in Dumfries in Galloway in 2006. The accident happened whilst 15 year old Laura McDairmant from Carlisle lost her life after falling onto rocks.
Her death happened during an activity known as “pool jumping” which involves jumping into deep water from a height. The jump went badly wrong and she fell onto rocks.
The operators of the outdoor activities programme were fined in court for breaches of health and safety which were held to lead to the death.
Two of the instructors who were supervising at the time were cleared of any blame but the company was fined £16,000 after admitting failing to manage the risks involved with the activity.
At Thompsons Solicitors, through our experience in assisting the families of victims of fatal accidents the first, and most important thing, that a family need and demand is answers. What happened and why did it happen?
Without these answers they cannot move on with their lives and the grieving process cannot begin.
The family need to know that the death of their loved one served some purpose and that no other family will be touched as they have been by the loss of a loved one and if appropriate they would wish to see criminal proceedings brought against a wrongdoer.
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