Mum woke to ‘screaming’ and found daughter, 17, dead in pool on family holiday

A mum woke to the sound of screaming after her teenage daughter was found drowned in a swimming pool while on a family holiday in Tenerife, an inquest heard.

Marie Fitzsimmons has said she will never go abroad or near water again after her daughter, Leah Wilson, 17, died on August 12 2019.

The family had been staying in Santa Cruz de Tenerife when Ms Fitzsimmons said she woke to the sound of her family's screams after they found Leah unresponsive in the pool

Somerset Coroner's Court in Taunton heard Leah was pronounced dead at a local hospital at around 1pm on August 12 2019.

Assistant coroner Tim Hayden recorded a conclusion of accidental death for Leah, whose body was repatriated back to the UK.

Leah had been on holiday with a group of 12 people, including her mother, father, sister, nephews and Leah's friend Renee Godbeer.

The court heard the group jetted out on August 16 and had planned to return on August 16 when Leah was found dead in the pool of their private villa.

On the evening of the tragedy Ms Godbeer said she spent the evening with Leah and the pair got back to the villa at around 3am, SomersetLive reported.

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The pair then played cards back at home before Leah said she wanted to go in the pool but after the duo touched the water, they decided not to swim.

Ms Godbeer said some time later she woke up and looked out to see Leah submerged in the pool.

In a statement read to the court, she said she could see blood on her face but couldn't "determine where it was coming from."

Mr Hayden said: "She noticed Leah had diving googles on her face although they had been put on incorrectly and they came off as she dragged her through the water.

"Ms Godbeer started shouting the sister's name, which caused everyone to wake up and CPR was carried out."

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At 7.25am, Leah's mother woke at at around 7.25am to screams coming from down near the pool.

Coroner Tim Hayden said: "Ms Fitzsimmons heard a scream and quickly ran down to the swimming pool.

"When she got there she saw Renee trying to get her daughter out of the pool and observed the fact her daughter was bleeding from her nose."

A police investigation was carried out into the death but found no suspicious circumstances.

A post-mortem examination was also carried out which concluded that it was a death of a violent nature, meaning it was non-natural.

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