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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.

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