AN inquest into the deaths of two young British men on holiday in Spain has revealed some more tragic details of the events.
Daniel Mee, 25, and Jayden Dolman, 20, died on July 3 2019, during a holiday in Punta Prima on the Orihuela Costa.
The friends were taking a selfie along the seafront when they lost their balance and plunged nine metres onto the rocky beach below.
Mee was killed instantly whilst Dolman was transferred to Torrevieja Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
In inquest into the death of Mee, held in the pair’s hometown of Taunton, Somerset has revealed eye witness reports of the incident from their friend, Lewis Higgins who was at the scene at the time.
“Jayden and Daniel were walking from the villa to the nearest beach.” he said.
“They were taking pictures while they were walking. Daniel embraced Jayden. I saw them both close to the railings. Then they fell.”
Toxicology reports taken found that the alcohol level in Mee’s blood was 215mg, three times over the drink drive limit.
“The pair had been drinking during the day, and unfortunately this was a large factor in the accident.” said Tony Williams, Somerset coroner.
“Daniel and Jayden are hugging close to the railings and during that, they have lost balance, they have gone over the railings and unfortunately fallen over where there is a steep drop of nine metres on the other side.”
Official cause of death for Daniel was a severe head injury caused by the fall, whereas Dolman’s body was not repatriated back to the UK for a coroners inquest.
A Guardia Civil inquiry alongside the British coroner’s report ruled the deaths as accidental.