Accidental death verdict

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into the death of six-year-old-girl Imie Harrison, who fell into a canal in Worcestershire, whilst playing with friends.

Coroner says canal death is 'tragic'

by Charlotte Grant

A coroner has described the death of six-year-old Imie Harrison as tragic.

Imie was playing with her twin brother and two friends when one of her friend's shoes fell into the canal.

She drowned after falling into a stretch of the Staffordshire and Worcester canal in March 2013.

As he gave a verdict of accidental death the coroner paid tribute to the children - saying "the character of the children speaks loudly. They tried to help each other, all three ended up in the water."

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Inquest for the six-year-old who fell into a canal

The inquest into the death of a six-year-old-girl who fell into a canal whilst playing with friends will take place today.

Imie Harrison fell in Springfield Park near Wolverley Court Lock in Kidderminster, Worcestershire on March 19 when she was playing with four other youngsters, including her twin brother.

Imie Harrison who fell into a canal whilst playing with friends Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police officers managed to pull her from the canal, but said she had been in the water for "some time".

She was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she later died, the precise cause of her death has not yet been determined.

The inquest will take place at the court in Stourport-on-Severn.