Kent

Cameron Sandell's canoe death was an accident

Cameron Sandell
Image caption Cameron drowned in the River Medway after his canoe capsized

The death of a teenage canoeist who drowned in the River Medway in Kent was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Cameron Sandell, 14, from Hunton, was canoeing with a friend at Teston Lock, near Maidstone, in April 2011 when his boat capsized.

His friend, who was in a separate canoe, managed to get him out of the boat but was unable to pull him out of the water flow.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest in Maidstone.

Cameron's family had described him as a competent canoeist who had pursued the sport for four years and gained qualifications.

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