Tragedy in Bay Roberts

Com­mu­nity mourns loss of 11-year old boy

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

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