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Morocco teen death inquest begins

The Atlas Mountains outside Marrakesh, Morocco. Credit: Zoe Jay/EMPICS Entertainment

An inquest into the death of a schoolboy during a trip to Morocco begins today. Samuel Boon, who was 17, collapsed as he took part in a trek in the north African country in July last year. At the time of his death, temperatures in the region were reported to be as high as 49C (120.2F).

The trip included a six-day trek to Amezmiz in the High Atlas foothills.His father Ken said: "Sam collapsed on the second day of the trek and had to wait for two hours by the roadside in extreme heat for evacuation, which came in the form of a minibus rather than an ambulance.

"Whilst the expedition leader and the school staff did everything they could on the ground to try to save him, they, along with our son, were badly let down and we hope the inquest will answer our questions as to why this happened."

Eleven pupils from the Business Academy in Bexley went on the trip, and had raised funds to support the expedition.

They had been due to work on a rural project for seven days after the trek, but the trip was cut short after Samuel died.