British teenager drowned while snorkelling in Mauritius

Callum Howkins, 17, died while snorkelling in Mauritius just days after his father's wedding

Callum Howkins, 17, died while snorkelling in Mauritius just days after his father's

The father of a teenager who died while snorkeling with dolphins says strong undercurrents were to blame for his death.

Callum Howkins, 17, was swimming in Tamarin Bay, Mauritius, just two days after his father's when tragedy struck.

Callum, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, had been snorkelling from a pleasure boat when he disappeared from under the water.

The alarm was raised when he failed to resurface and a frantic search was launched but his body was found around an hour later in deep water by the National Coastguard. 

Callum's distraught father Gavin performed CPR but he was declared dead on arrival at hospital on August 29 2014.

An inquest into his death concluded Callum's cause of death was drowning.

Coroner Carolyn Hull for Rutland and North Leicestershire recorded a narrative verdict of accidental death.

Speaking after the inquest devastated Mr Howkins said: 'We found out afterwards that he was the fourteenth person to have drowned that year in the same bay.

'Only two days earlier a dolphin conservationist from the Island Tourism Academy had drowned because of strong undercurrents.

'When Callum disappeared it was a matter of seconds. One second he was there, the next, he was gone and we started desperately looking for him.'

Callum was snorkelling in Tamarin Bay after enjoying father Gavin's (left) wedding. The alarm was raised when he disappeared under the waves and did not resurface

Callum was snorkelling in Tamarin Bay after enjoying father Gavin's (left) . The alarm was raised when he disappeared under the waves and did not resurface

Callum's body was found an hour later in deep water. Distraught father Gavin performed CPR but Callum was declared dead on arrival at hospital

Callum Howkins, 17, was swimming in Tamarin Bay, Mauritius, just two days after his father's wedding when tragedy struck

Callum's body was found an hour later in deep water. Distraught father Gavin performed CPR but Callum was declared dead on arrival at hospital

He said the boat operator had given no safety procedures for dealing with such an event.

Mr Howkins, who had married wife Jo just days before the tragedy, added: 'There should have been someone monitoring passengers at all times - a spotter to keep a look out, but there wasn't.

'When it came to raising the alarm, there was no procedure whatsoever. There were so many other boats in the water at the time, in the commotion, people thought we were pointing out dolphins, not trying to look for Callum.

'There should have been a procedure for dealing with an emergency that would alert others to a problem.

'Had we known someone had drowned in the very bay we were in two days earlier, we would never have made that boat trip, but no one said anything and there were no signs alerting people of the danger of strong undercurrents, despite the water appearing to be absolutely calm and clear.'

Mr Howkins said

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