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TRAGIC SCOUT ELLIOT DROWNED AFTER 2ft LEAP INTO WATERFALL; Post mortem shows he didn't break his neck as docs thought.

Byline: CHRIS CLEMENTS c.clements@dailyrecord.co.uk

A TRAGIC Scout who died after a 2ft leap into a rock pool had no physical injuries and simply drowned, an autopsy has shown.

Elliot Peacock, 14, lost consciousness after jumping into water during an adventure holiday in northern Italy on Sunday afternoon.

Instructors battled to revive him but he died at the scene.

Now a post mortem has dispelled the initial theory that his neck was broken by whiplash.

A local police spokesman said: "He was probably shocked by the cold and inhaled water.

"His companions were quick to pull him out of the water but it seems not quite quick enough."

A magistrate will examine the report to see if anyone is to blame for Elliot's death.

The only child's parents Scott, 51, and Colette, 53, have flown to Italy to claim his body.

Elliot was on a visit to the Aosta Valley, near Turin, with Eastwood District Scouts. He died during a gorge-scrambling trip to the Gran Paradiso national park.

Elliot was jumping for the second time from a 2ft ledge into a 10ft-deep rock pool near the Lillaz waterfalls.

He was wearing a helmet, wetsuit and lifejacket and five instructors were waiting as he jumped - but he surfaced unconscious.

Rescuers arrived by helicopter in minutes but it was already too late.

Local guide Dante Bibois said the waterfalls are an accident blackspot - but Acorn Adventure, who ran the trip, said hundreds of people take part in activities there every year.

Elliot, from Newton Mearns, was a member of the Pegasus Explorer Scout Unit. Close friend James Hay, 14, laid flowers outside their school, Eastwood High, yesterday.

He said: "I can't believe Elliot's not coming back. He was really looking forward to the holiday.

"He loved adventure and was always full of life.

"He was a really funny guy and he made everyone around him happy."

Eastwood High headteacher Stuart Maxwell said: "Our entire school community is in shock and profoundly saddened. Elliot was a genuinely lovely boy, well-liked and well-mannered.

"He did well in all his subjects, particularly in physics, enjoyed PE and played guitar and he had a wide circle of friends.

"We have been deeply moved to see so many of Elliot's friends and pupils from the wider school community arrive to lay flowers and leave cards in tribute to him."

He added that a book of condolence will be available at the school at the start of term.

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Date:Jul 2, 2014
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