In­quest into death of 21-year-old man at tourist at­trac­tion opens

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» AN in­quest ex­am­in­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of a 21-year-old man at a tourist at­trac­tion has been opened and ad­journed.

Cory Nicholson died af­ter get­ting into dif­fi­culty in the wa­ter at Cotswold Wa­ter Park on the af­ter­noon of July 23.

De­spite a lengthy search oper­a­tion, at­ten­dance by the emer­gency ser­vices and the ef­forts of sev­eral park users, sadly he could not be saved.

The cause of death has not yet been as­cer­tained, a short hear­ing at Glouces­ter Coro­ner’s Court was told on Au­gust 5.

The in­ci­dent took place at ap­prox­i­mately 1.15pm when Mr Nicholson was seen swim­ming in the wa­ter at the park, near Cirences­ter.

Fur­ther tests af­ter the con­clu­sion of a post-mortem are ex­pected to take sev­eral weeks.

Mr Nicholson, who lived in Calne, Wilt­shire, worked as a car me­chanic and was a keen char­ity vol­un­teer, his fam­ily said at the time of the tragedy.

A state­ment given ex­clu­sively to the Echo de­scribed him as a ‘won­der­ful man who was loved by ev­ery­one.’

It added: “Known for his love for all an­i­mals in­clud­ing ex­otic ones; he had quite a pet col­lec­tion of lizards, stick in­sects, spi­ders and many more.

“He was a keen car en­thu­si­ast, spend­ing much of his time at car shows and cus­tomis­ing his hot rod car with his dad.

“He achieved so much in his short 21 years of life and al­ways wanted the best things in life.”

The in­quest is due to re­sume on De­cem­ber 11.

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