Cornwall cliff fall boy died 'trying to help brother'

  • 30 September 2013
  • From the section Cornwall

A teenager fell 40ft (16m) to his death from cliffs at Cadgwith in Cornwall while trying to protect his younger brother, an inquest heard.

Toby Hart, 16, from Lowton in Cheshire, had been trying to ensure his 11-year-old brother who has special needs, was not too close to the edge.

But he slipped on a grassy patch which gave way, the inquest at Truro City Hall heard.

The coroner ruled his death was an accident.

'Great boy'

Toby had been walking on the cliffs on the Lizard Peninsula on the first afternoon of his holiday in July last year when he fell.

A local off-duty nurse Pippa Sharp described seeing Toby fall before becoming wedged between two boulders.

He was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital but later died.

Toby's parents said there were no warning signs about the dangers, but they did not believe that would have prevented his death.

They called him a "great boy". His father Graham, said: "He was protecting his little brother.

"He was a cheeky 16-year-old who had the world in the palm of his hand and enjoyed life."

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