Inquest into Business Academy Bexley student Samuel Boon's trekking death to start on Monday

News Shopper: Samuel Boon died after waiting two hours in the heat before being evacuated. Samuel Boon died after waiting two hours in the heat before being evacuated.

THE inquest into the death of a 17-year-old Business Academy Bexley student on a trek in North Africa will begin on Monday.

Samuel Boon collapsed and died on the second day of a World Challenge trek in Morocco on July 17, 2012.

Mr Boon was one of 11 students from the school, in Yarnton Way, to take part in the trip, which included a six-day trek to Amezmiz in the High Atlas foothills followed by seven days completing a project in a rural community.

The five-day inquest into his death was set to start on July 8 at Bromley Civic Centre but the hearing was adjourned due to lack of available experts.

South London Coroner Selena Lynch said the cause of death “cannot be ascertained”, adding “there’s a list of possibilities”.

Samuel's father Ken Boon said: "Sam collapsed on the second day of the trek and had to wait for two hours by the roadside in extreme heat for evacuation, which came in the form of a minibus rather than an ambulance.

"Whilst the expedition leader and the school staff did everything they could on the ground to try to save him, they, along with our son, were badly let down and we hope the inquest will answer our questions as to why this happened."

The inquest will begin at 10am at Bromley Civic Centre.


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