Inquest: cave swimmer died by misadventure

The inquest into the death of a teacher who disappeared when she became trapped in caves in Dorset has concluded with a verdict of misadventure.

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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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Misadventure verdict at inquest of woman who died trapped in sea cave

Charlotte Furness-Smith got trapped in a sea cave Credit: Royal Navy

A coroner has recorded a verdict of misadventure in the case of a woman who died trapped in Dorset sea cave.

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.

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Family of swimmer who died say not enough was done

The family of a Bristol teacher who died after being trapped in a cave on the Dorset coast say not enough was done to save her life.

Charlotte Furness-Smith, who taught Maths at the Bristol Free School in Southmead, was with her brother climbing and swimming south of Swanage when waves washed her into a cave.

The RNLI carried out an extensive search at the time but her family say rescuers delayed getting a rope down to her. Richard Slee reports.

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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.