Death of Cory Nicholson at Cotswold Water Park accidental

An inquest jury has concluded that the death of a fit and healthy 21-year-old man who drowned in a lake where swimming was not permitted at Cotswold Water Park was accidental.

The coroner who conducted the inquest into the death of car mechanic Cory Nicholson ruled there is no need for him to issue a PFD (Prevention of Future Deaths) report because safety improvements have been made since the tragedy.

At the end of a two day inquest at Gloucester yesterday, Wednesday, (July 27), the jury forewoman said “Mr Nicholson encountered difficulties whilst swimming and drowned on July 23, 2019 at the dog beach area of Lake 32.”

Roland Wooderson, the assistant coroner for Gloucestershire, said: “Mr Nicholson’s sad death occurred a number of years ago, and since then there have been a number of changes made to the arrangements at the lake.

“The specific issues I identified are the signage on what was previously the dog beach (where the tragedy happened and where people who went into the water were not supposed to go deeper than waist height).

“They have been repositioned and that has been the case also in other areas where swimming is not permitted.

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“I understand that since Mr Nicholson’s sad death the ramp giving access to the lake has since been isolated by a barrier so that it can’t be accessed by the public.

Mr Wooderson said that on behalf of the family he wanted to thank the people who had direct involvement in trying to save Cory’s life.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

The inquest was told that pathologist Dr Rahul Fulmani confirmed Mr Nicholson’s death as having been caused by the effects of drowning due to fluid in his lungs.

He also confirmed that there were no drugs or alcohol in his body, but there was evidence of him having recently taken paracetamol.

Mr Nicholson’s family said that the effect of Cory’s death had been devastating and they felt had there been a sign warning of the dangers of swimming he wouldn’t have ventured out so far.

The inquest had earlier heard that Cory, from Calne, had gone to the water park with a friend to go paddle boarding and entered the water while they waited for their turn.

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