A McDonald’s worker was tragically killed after an embankment ‘gave way’ in a landslide and he was swept away in a river, an inquest was told.
Corey Sharpling, who had moved from Birmingham to Newcastle Emlyn, West Wales, was on a bus heading to work at the fast food restaurant in Carmarthen, during Storm Callum, on October 13, 2018.
The 21-year-old was “going about his daily business” when the driver had to stop twice in the village of Cwmduad due to poor visibility and heavy rainfall, WalesOnline reported.
Coroner’s officer Malcolm Thompson told an inquest on Friday, February 5, that on the second occasion, near a cottage, an “entire embankment gave way.”
“CCTV footage shows Corey travelling on the bus up until the time the bus stops,” Mr Thompson told a hearing at Llanelli Town Hall.
“He is then seen to get off the bus at the rear of where a lorry had stopped. As he reaches the lorry the entire embankment is then seen to give way, sweeping both Corey and the lorry through the cottage garden into the stream below.
“A search was made and a body was recovered from under debris.
“The death was stated by police as a sudden and unexplained death. There was no foul play or third-party involvement.”
The inquest heard how Mr Sharpling, who moved from Birmingham with his family and was the youngest of three children, was regarded as a “larger-than-life character” who “lived life to the full.”
He was considered a “valued member of staff” at McDonald’s and had recently started living with his partner in Newcastle Emlyn, the hearing was told.
A statement from Mr Sharpling’s parents said they would “always be grateful” to everyone who helped on the day of their son’s death.
“Some enter the kingdom of God in an hour, others hardly enter it in a lifetime – sometimes a man dies full of years and full of honour, with his day’s work ended and his task completed,” they said.
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“Sometimes a young person dies almost before the door of life and achievement have opened at all.
“From God they will both receive the same welcome. For both Jesus Christ is waiting and for neither, in the divine sense, has life ended too soon or too late.
“Our thanks to all those who helped on October 13 and in all the days since – we will always be grateful.”
Paul Bennett, the acting senior coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, recorded an accidental death conclusion.
He said: “This is one of those cases where a young man was going about his daily business, expecting to work, and his life was cut tragically short that day.
“He died as a result of multiple injuries he sustained when he was swept away in a landslide.
“This was a situation where the circumstances, of which no-one had any control, transpired to take Corey’s life.”