Will Smith, a 40-year-old diver from Hinckley, was killed in a quarry accident in north Wales in August 2014. Mr Smith was exploring a dry cave in a disused mine with two friends when the accident occurred. It’s thought that poisonous gas in the sump hole overcame Mr Smith and he slipped down a slope into the water below. Despite attempts by his friends to resuscitate him, Mr Smith never regained consciousness and his friends were forced to leave the cave and raise the alarm.
After a search and rescue mission was launched, Mr Smith’s body was found the next morning. Mr Smith’s friend commented: “Aber Las is a former slate mine which we had been investigating for about a year and a half. For this visit, one of the objectives was to have a look at a dry passage about 1,000 feet into the flooded mine.”
Mr Smith and his friends were all members of the UK Mine/Cave Diving and Exploration group and were planning a trip to Mexico before the quarry accident occurred. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Injured whilst taking part in extreme sports?
Cave diving is a popular hobby but does carry with it some risks, as does any extreme sport. If you or somebody you care about has been injured whilst taking part in an extreme sport, you may be able to claim compensation. It’s worth remembering that you’ll normally only be eligible for compensation if negligence has occurred – i.e. if an organised activity or event was not properly supervised, or if safety equipment wasn’t used, you may be able to claim. Those taking part in extreme sports have a responsibility for their own safety, too.
Source: Hinckley Times
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Author: David Brown