Shropshire

Ethan Chant death off Spanish coast 'accidental'

The death of a Shropshire teenager off the coast of Spain in May was accidental, a coroner has ruled.

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Chant, from Weston-under-Redcastle, drowned while swimming near Huelva, west of Seville.

The court heard that precautions including lifeguards and warning signs were not in place because it was early in the season.

Coroner John Ellery said he would write to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the family's concerns.

Ethan, a former pupil of Thomas Adams School in Wem, was swimming with his older brother on 15 May when they both got into difficulties.

Ethan's father Shaun Chant told the inquest in Wem that he thought his sons would not have entered the water if warning signs had been displayed.

The court heard the brothers attempted to swim back against a strong current, but Ethan failed to reach the shore.

Helicopters, boats and police divers were sent out to search for him.

His body was discovered two days later on a beach at Punta Umbria.

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