Update on the landslide at Beaminster Tunnel

The inquest has been opened into the death of Rosemary Snell, a 67-year-old woman from Misterton, Somerset.

She was found dead on the 17 July 2012 at Beaminster Tunnel, Beaminster.

The inquest has also been opened into the death Michael Rolfe, a 72-year-old man from Fivehead, Somerset.

He was also found dead on the 17 July 2012 at Beaminster Tunnel, Beaminster.

The coroner has heard evidence that the pathologist found that the cause of death for Rosemary Snell was chest compression due to trapping in landslip.

The coroner has also heard evidence that the pathologist found that the cause of death for Michael Rolfe was a fracture of the cervical spine due to trapping in landslip.

The coroner states the death of Rosemary Snell would have been very rapid, while the death of Mr Rolfe would have been instantaneous.

It has been stated the prospect of rescue for all practical purposes would have been nil.

A full inquest will be heard in due course.
 

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