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WALES: Teenage diver's death a mystery.

AN open verdict was yesterday recorded on a teenage scuba diver who mysteriously vanished after surfacing from a holiday dive with his father.

Louis Price, 14, disappeared off Brixham, South Devon, on August 12 after diving with his father Stephen from their rigid inflatable craft.

An extensive search failed to find the youngster, whose body was recovered from the sea near Brixham on September 1.

Coroner Ian Arrow said at the inquest in Torquay, Devon, the medical cause of death of the youngster, from Newport, South Wales, was unascertained, but there were no suspicious circumstances.

He said he was satisfied the teenager was a comparatively experienced diver.

The coroner said he would record an open verdict because there was no appropriate medical cause of death, and it was only supposition he had run out of air at the time he surfaced.

Police diver PC Peter Gough told the inquest it was possible Louis had insufficient air to put more into the diving suit he was wearing.

"If you have not got sufficient air you can drop back below the surface" he said.

Stephen Price said in a statement he surfaced with Louis right behind him, then had to be picked up by another boat after his own craft began to drift away because of engine failure.

"At this point I realised something must have gone horribly wrong and something happened to Louis," he said.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 4, 2008
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