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'No warning signs' to alert beauty spot visitors to danger, inquest told

16th December 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

There were no warning signs at a beauty spot off the coast of Kerry to alert people to the possible dangers, an inquest into the death of a 27-year-old man has heard.

Polish man Krystoztof Kowalski, who lived in Cork, was with four friends in August this year who had travelled to Culloo Head, on Valentia Island, to take photographs of a cliff inlet, the Irish Times reported.

Mr Kowalski, the inquest in Cahersiveen heard, went on ahead of them and his friends lost track of him. Despite thoroughly searching and ringing his mobile phone – which got no reply – they could not find him in the ensuing dark.

One of Mr Kowalski's friends spotted a baseball cap, like the one worn by the 27-year-old, in the water, the newspaper said.

The next day his body was recovered by the Valentia Coast Guard.

Anthony O'Sullivan, a coast guard volunteer who recovered the body, was asked by coroner Terence Case whether signs he had recommended be installed at a prior inquest had been rolled out.

"Signs do not stay there because of the weather. I have recovered six bodies there. If it keeps going it's going to claim more lives," Mr O'Sullivan was quoted by the newspaper as saying at the inquest.

Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster found that Mr Kowalski died from drowning after hitting his head on the rocks and becoming comatose in the water.

The jury recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Recently, it was reported that a teenager left paralysed after hitting her head in the swimming pool at her friend's home is suing the girl's father because of inadequate warning signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800295595-ADNFCR


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