Carl Storer who drowned in Chasewater reservoir tragedy ignored warnings over swimming in lake
Written by The Newsroom on November 19, 2019
A coroner has warned of the dangers of swimming in lakes and rivers after the death of a man who drowned during a day out with his friends and their children.
Carl Storer died after getting into difficulty at Chasewater reservoir in Burntwood, Staffordshire, on June 30 despite the efforts of emergency services.
Cannock Coroner’s Court heard that the 21-year-old swam beyond one of the children, aged 10 and 13, and then was seen to disappear under the water.
Assistant coroner for South Staffordshire, Ian Smith, recorded a conclusion of accidental death and that Mr Storer’s cause of death was drowning.
Reports at the time suggested Mr Storer had tried to save one of the children but the coroner told the inquest that this was not the case.
Concluding the inquest on Tuesday, Mr Smith said: “Carl was attending with friends and their children on the afternoon of June 30 where they had a barbecue – they were having fun and relaxing as they are more than entitled to do.
“Sadly, it appears that all concerned ignored the warnings they were given around Chasewater. People just do not seem to appreciate how cold these lakes and rivers are and how dangerous they are.
“Carl went in the water to fetch the children out – he was not saving their lives.”
Giving evidence at the inquest, Detective Sergeant Andy Curran of Staffordshire Police said numerous signs warn of the dangers of swimming in the water.
He said: “There are multiple signs indicating the dangers of going into the water.
“They would have been obvious to anybody going to the area.”
In a tribute issued by Mr Storer’s family after his death, they said: “You were a really good brother and you will be deeply missed by family and friends.
“Rest in peace and fly with the eagles. You will always be loved.”
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