By Alex Glenn • 28 January 2021 • 9:32
Corey Watson Credit: GoFundMe
NEWCASTLE man died after falling down a crevasse in the French Alps after becoming separated from his friend after a night out.
Corey Watson, from Westerhope, went missing on January 23 last year after he had been working in France in the area near the Meribel ski resort.
Corey aged 24, had been on a night out with friends but as they returned to the accommodation he became separated from them. The inquest was carried out at the Newcastle Coroner’s Court and they heard how the night out had ended in the tragic death of Cory.
The body of Cory was eventually found after a search party spotted the him from a helicopter around 12 hours after he had been reported missing. According to French police the young man had taken a shortcut through a forest before he managed to fall around 40 metres before he landed on a rocky outcrop.
According to Senior coroner Karen Dilks, the fall was “immediately fatal” for Corey as he had suffered a “severe head injury as a result of the fall,”.
Ms Dilks read a report from French police and said, “Searches were undertaken from a wooded patch of land , but no-one was found in this area or near the chalets.
“The author of the report says he was later able to speak to a British man called Josh, who said he hadn’t heard anything from his friend Corey.
“They had spent the evening together but lost each other.
“Josh had taken a taxi back to Les Allues but didn’t know where Corey was.”
The tragic death of the young man was recorded as an accidental death. The family started a GoFundMe page in January 2020 in order to return Cory’s body to the UK.
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