Grieving mother's plea to teens

A GRIEVING mother is today hoping her heartfelt plea to be more aware of the effects of alcohol will hit home to parents and teenagers. Her son Rory Unwin-Rose, 15, drowned after being at an all-night beach party in Walberswick with school friends on August 7.

A GRIEVING mother is today hoping her heartfelt plea to be more aware of the effects of alcohol will hit home to parents and teenagers.

Her son Rory Unwin-Rose, 15, drowned after being at an all-night beach party in Walberswick with school friends on August 7.

Rory's parents attended his inquest in Lowestoft yesterday. They heard a test had showed Rory had had 145mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, with 80mgs the legal limit for motorists.

After the hearing his mother, Geraldine, said in a statement.

"It saddens me to think that my son's accident was the result of drinking an excess of alcohol. But my son was 15 and was obviously in need of adult supervision.

"I urge parents and teenagers to behave responsibly with regard to the consumption of alcohol at parties. Beach parties provide the fatal mixture of alcohol and water and require close supervision.

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"As adults, most of us can look back and remember an occasion when we drank too much and felt ill as a result, but we have lived to tell the tale.

"Sadly my son's life has been cut short. He was full of fun and had a lot of potential both academically and in sport – but most of all he was a much-loved son, brother and friend."

Many of the people invited to the party had brought alcohol, including cases of lager, along with smaller amounts of gin and vodka.

Rory, a pupil at Woodbridge School, went missing in the early hours, but his friends thought he had gone for a walk and did not become concerned until later in the day when he had not returned.

They searched the beach area for Rory without success before contacting their parents, who called the police.

Rory's body was eventually recovered from the River Blyth on August 10 and Lowestoft coroner George Leguen de Lacroix recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Dr Geoffrey Walters, a consultant pathologist at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, said Rory, of Cretingham, near Framlingham, had died from "dry drowning" – when the body goes into shock at the sudden immersion of water and the heart stops beating.

Dr Walters said so much alcohol would have led an adult to "lose control" and would have had an even greater impact on a 15-year-old.

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