Accidental death verdict recorded for Exeter student found dead in Thailand

Bryony died on a beach in Thailand on August 14th 2016

An inquest has recorded a verdict of accidental death on an Exeter university student who was found dead on a beach in Thailand after going swimming alone.

Bryony Freestone, who was 19, died off the coast of Koh Chang last August.

An inquest into her death heard that a member of staff at the KC Grande Hotel had attempted to wake her when she was found on the beach at around 9am.

Attempts were made to resuscitate her and she was taken to a nearby clinic but confirmed dead on arrival.

The inquest heard a tribute paid by Fiona Freestone to her daughter, who said she was "extremely close" to her twin sister Sophie.

In a statement read to the court, she said: "Together they would sing, dance, mountaineer, and scuba dive.

"Bryony achieved excellent GCSE and A-level results and went on to studygeography at Exeter University, a subject she was passionate about."

"I would describe Bryony as gregarious, a loving personality. At her funeral, someone described Bryony as being someone who laughed a lot -she knew it was good for the soul and lived her life with a smile."

"She saw the beauty in the world and was not ever afraid to chase it. We love and miss her very much."

Senior coroner Anne Pember said there was "very little information" in thecase.

Recording that Ms Freestone's death was accidental, she said: "BryonyFreestone ... went out swimming on her own in Thailand and sadly drowned."