Tragedy in Bay Roberts
Community mourns loss of 11-year old boy
Funeral Services were held in the tiny St. Mary’s Bay community of Colinet Saturday, Aug. 6 for an 11-year old boy who lost his life in a tragic accident in Bay Roberts last Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Christopher Randolph Davis succumbed to injuries sustained from a fall over a steep cliff near a residence on Water Street East in that Conception Bay town.
A spokesman for Trinity Conception District RCMP said the incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m., Aug. 2.
“ The young boy had been playing in the backyard when he fell down the embankment,” said Sgt. Marc Coulombe, acting commanding officer, Trinity-Conception District RCMP. Police estimate the boy fell about 30 metres. The victim was taken to the Carbonear General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The RCMP spokesman said the boy’s family were visiting from outside the province.
Sgt. Coulombe told The Compass, “the ground was a bit unstable in the area, and the boy lost his footing and fell over the cliff edge.”
Describing the cliff as a “sheer drop to the rocky bottom below,” the sergeant said investigating officers who were at the scene told him the cliff was so steep, “you couldn’t see the bottom from the top, and you couldn’t see the top from the bottom.”
He said the accident served as a tragic reminder to parents of the need “to educate their kids as to the dangers and hazards of the (rugged) terrain around Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Because the area where the boy fell was inaccessible from the land above, Avalon North Wolver- ines Search and Rescue had to use a boat to recover the victim’s body.
The boy was visiting relatives in Bay Roberts with his parents when the accident occurred.
He left to mourn his parents Dr. Randy Davis, formerly of Colinet, and Dr. Kay Bennett, sister, Emily, 10 and brother, Stephen, 7.
Christopher, who lived with his family in Cambridge, Ontario, was a student at St. John’s Kilmarnock School in Breslau.
Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church in Colinet.
This is the general area of Bay Roberts East where a tragedy unfolded Aug. 2 when an 11-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries after falling approximately 30 metres over a steep cliff.