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Byline: ERYL CRUMP

A TEENAGER plunged to his death from a hotel balcony while trying to climb into his room from an outside passageway, an inquest heard. Gethin Rhys Williams, 18, of Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor, died in a Majorca hospital in July 2002.

The hearing at Caernarfon heard he was on holiday with a group of friends from Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor.

He had just started work as a trainee cameraman with television production company Barcud after leaving popular S4C children's drama series Rownd a Rownd.

Emma Jones, of Garthmyl near Montgomery, was staying in the same hotel complex and had been out with Gethin and his friends during the day.

She said they had returned to the hotel and had discussed which apartment to go.

"He said his apartment would be unlocked. It was on the second floor and we went to it but the door was locked.

"The apartment was the end one and from an outside passageway we could see their balcony.

"He leaned over the walkway and got onto the other side of the wall. I told him to get down but he stepped off.

"I didn't see the fall but I think he must have hit the balcony because I heard two knocks.

"I looked over the wall and saw him on the ground."

Ms Jones, now 27, said she ran down the stairs and called for help.

"I started screaming for people to get help. He was still breathing but groaning.

OUR MAN "A hotel worker came and an ambulance was called. I went with him to the hospital," she said. Asked by North west Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones if Gethin had been drinking she GWYNEDD Eryl Crump... call 574491 or email erylcrump@ added: "We'd been out for most of the day but I wouldn't say he was completely drunk."

She agreed that had he been sober he might not have attempted to climb from the passageway onto the balcony.

Mr Jones said the inquest had been delayed because of a lack of information from the Spanish authorities.

IN "They take the view that information regarding the circumstances of death are confidential to the family and not for a public hearing. "We sometimes break that confidentiality and in 0011449922 aatt ccoo..uukk return the supply of information is not as good as it used to be," he said.

A post mortem examination carried out at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor revealed he died from a fractured skull.

Pathologist Dr Tony Caslin said the injuries were consistent with a fall from a height.

It was impossible to tell how much alcohol he had drunk, the doctor added.

Recording a verdict of accidental death the coroner said: "I gain the impression from the evidence it was not a wise decision to jump from the passageway onto the balcony.

"If he had not been drinking he may not have tried it. But he did and he fell to his death."

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