Teenager drowns after party at nightclub
PUBLISHED: 05:23 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:56 24 May 2010
A TEENAGER from Brent Knoll drowned after plunging from a cliff near her family's holiday home on the Greek island of Paros, an inquest heard. Catrine Basil, pictured, was found face down in the sea by one of her friends on July 19, 2003, after they had b
A TEENAGER from Brent Knoll drowned after plunging from a cliff near her family's holiday home on the Greek island of Paros, an inquest heard.Catrine Basil, pictured, was found face down in the sea by one of her friends on July 19, 2003, after they had been partying and drinking strong drinks at a nightclub in the resort.Catrine, aged 17, of Brent Street, had spent many summers on the island with her family and had been looking forward to a long holiday in Paros with her mother, Malin Basil.Days before they were due to fly out, Malin, a well known artist, suffered a head injury and was unable to fly so Catrine went with her aunt, Agneta Owerin, instead.An inquest in Taunton heard that Catrine and her friends left a nightclub in the resort at around 6.30am on July 19.In a police statement her cousin, Ebba Ljunghdal, and family friend, Astrid Bernadotte, said Catrine had gone off on her own because she had felt dizzy. Ebba said she had caught up with her on the cliff path, but then lost her again while she was talking to her friend Daniel.The girls paired off with two male friends they had met at the nightclub and both couples thought Catrine was with the other.Barman Dwayne Reece, who had walked Astrid back home along the cliff path, found Catrine in the water and tried to give her mouth to mouth resuscitation.West Somerset coroner Michael Rose recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by drowning.Her mother said she accepted that what had happened was an accident but could not understand how her daughter had fallen off the path, which was about five feet from the cliff's edge, and landed in the water. She said: "If she just walked along and fell she would have fallen on the grass, she wouldn't have dropped over the edge. Perhaps she strayed from the path? We'll never know."Mr Rose said: "This is a very tragic tale of a young girl of 17. She had all of life ahead of her. "But I can't take alcohol out of the equation. Like a lot of young people, they tend to let their inhibitions go on holiday. I think if she had not drunk as much we wouldn't be sitting here today."Malin was accompanied by her other daughter Eleonore Basil-Stapczynski, aged 23, at the inquest. Speaking afterwards Malin said: "It's good that it's finally over and we can put it behind us."It has been difficult, obviously. Something like this is a parent's worst nightmare, but my family has been terrific."Catrine was a very outgoing, happy, gifted, talented and lovely girl. She was good at everything and would have had a very bright future had she been allowed to carry on.