Daniel Mee from Somerset died on Spain’s Costa Blanca after falling over a cliff with his pal due to booze and drugs
An inquest heard yesterday that the Somerset plumber’s body was found to have traces of cocaine and high levels of booze after he fell from a cliff on Spain’s Costa Blanca to his death.
Mee had spent the day drinking in the tourist spot of Alicante, was “embracing” a pal as they fell to their deaths at the Punta Prima beach promenade while a third friend watched them fall over a 9-metre high cliff as they larked around.
The inquest heard that Just before they fell off the Spanish cliff, a Spanish local police officer had warned the trio to “take care” as he saw them acting dangerously close to the cliff edge.
Senior coroner Tony Williams was holding the inquest into Somerset 25-year-old plumber Daniel Mee’s death but not that of Jayden Dolman, 20, his pal because his body was not brought back from Spain.
The three pals had been staying in a villa in Alicante and the inquest heard toxicology showed Mr Mee had taken some cocaine in the days before his death, though the inquest deemed it was just an incidental finding. Mr Higgins also said they had smoked hashish the night before.
But Mr Williams said booze played a much larger factor in the incident. Mr Mee’s blood alcohol content was found to be 0.215 at the time.
A report by the Spanish investigators said they were walking along the promenade in an “inebriated state” taking pictures and were engaging in “dangerous activities, posing by the edge of cliffs for pictures”.
The coroner recorded an accidental death conclusion on Mr Mee, who lived in Somerset.
“All three had a few drinks on holiday enjoying themselves,” Mr Williams said.
“They were walking along the promenade and Daniel and Jayden were hugging close to the railings and lost their balance.”
He said they plunged 9m over the railings and fell down the “steep drop” to the beach below and both sustained injuries that proved fatal.
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