Cave swimmer inquest verdict of misadventure

An inquest takes place today into the death of a teacher who disappeared when she became trapped in caves in Dorset.

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Coastguard statement on 'tragic, complex rescue'

Mark Rodaway, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Manager gave this statement with regards to the inquest into the death of Charlotte Furness-Smith.

Any death at sea is a tragedy and has a profound impact on the family, friends and all those involved in the search and rescue operation. Our thoughts are with those that have been affected during this difficult time.This was a complex rescue, with winds gusting up to 60mph, horrendous sea conditions combined with high tide and limited access to the cave. This was proven when one of our Coastguard Rescue Officers risked his own life when attempting to abseil down a narrow blow hole.

I am confident the Coastguard helicopter crew, Coastguard Rescue Teams and the RNLI lifeboat crews on scene that day made every effort while there was still a chance of a successful rescue outcome.”

– Mark Rodaway, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Manager

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Inquest starts into death of swimmer

The family of a woman from Buckinghamshire who drowned after becoming trapped in a cave have branded the inquest into her death as 'a charade'. Charlotte Furness-Smith - known as Buffy - was an army reservist and teacher from Amersham.

She was taking part in an adventure sport near Swanage in Dorset last November. Her body has never been found. Her family say rescuers delayed getting a rope down into the cave to save her. From Bournemouth Coroner's Court, Richard Slee sent this

Cave swimmer inquest takes place

The inquest of Charlotte Furness-Smith takes place today Credit: Royal Navy

An inquest is due to open into the death of a teacher who disappeared when she became trapped in caves in Dorset.

Thirty-year-old Charlotte Furness-Smith had gone coasteering with her brother when she was swept into Tilly Whim caves in Swanage last November. Her body has never been found.

The inquest is expected to last two days.

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