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The father of 14-year-old Aaron Burgess who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford Weir has condemned safety standards there. Jamie Burgess told the inquest into his son's death that more needed to be done to prevent future accidents.
The inquest at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court near Bristol heard how the tragedy unfolded on July 24 last year as temperatures peaked at 25 degrees C. Aaron, from Saltford, visited a stretch of the River Avon with a group of friends. He was encouraged to slide along a steep wall into the water.
But the teenager, who was not a strong swimmer, failed to resurface and friends and on-lookers launched a frantic search to find him.
Coroner Maria Voisin recorded a verdict of accidental death and said there was nothing his friends could have done to save the youngster.
Daisy Gray reports on the friends and family of 14-year-old boy who drowned in the River Avon who held a charity bike ride in his memory today. Aaron Burgess got dragged under while swimming in a weir at Saltford last month.
Hundreds have taken part in charity bike ride in memory of 14-year-old Aaron Burgess who drowned in the River Avon in Saltford last month.
Money raised will pay for more life buoys at the weir.