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Louis Harris' family: drinking near deep water is lethal

Louis Harris died after a night out, although his body wasn't recovered for four weeks. Photo: ITV News

The family of a teenager, whose body was recovered in Weymouth harbour after a night out, has spoken of the dangers of drinking near water.

Louis Harris, from Dorchester, lost his life after he went missing in February after a night out with friends. His body was discovered four weeks later.

Louis’ parents, Holly and Graham Harris, described the last nine months as a terrible journey but still had many fond memories of their son: "Louis was a very, very lively sort of lad. A great sense of humour, known as a bit of a prankster at school. A fun-loving, homely lad."

Now, they're sharing his story to raise awareness of the "lethal combination" of being on your own near deep water after drinking alcohol.

  • Watch the full report by our reporter Duncan Sleightholme

Holly and Graham Harris are supporting a campaign by The Royal Life Saving Society UK which is set to reach more people than ever with its vital Don’t Drink and Drown message.

20%
Of all adult victims of accidental drowning in 2015 had alcohol in their bloodstream.
38%
Of accidental drowning victims aged 18-21 between 2012-14 had alcohol in their bloodstream.
67%
Of accidental drowning victims aged 18-21 in 2015 had alcohol in their bloodstream.