South West Wales

Death of Jamie Phillips in Llanelli dock an accident

Jamie Phillips
Image caption Jamie Phillips is described as 'funny' and 'popular' by friends

The death of a teenager who drowned in a dock in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, after a heavy night's drinking was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Jamie Phillips, 17, from Dafen, was seen entering the town's North Dock on the morning of Saturday 3 September.

A major search was launched for the teenager involving police, lifeboat crews, coastguards and the fire service.

The inquest heard he had drunk a large amount of alcohol the night before.

His body was recovered by police divers early in the afternoon.

Coroner Gareth Lewis said: "His death is very much a tragic accident. I offer my sincere condolences to family members."

Following his death, friends described Jamie as a popular teenager with many close friends in the town.

They said he had started college and was a keen footballer.

Dozens of floral tributes were left at the revamped dock, created alongside the Millennium Coastal Park as part of a multi-million pounds regeneration of the area's industrial landscape.

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