Probe to discover how sea cadet died in Stokes Bay to open

CADET Jonathan Martin
CADET Jonathan Martin

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THE inquest of a 14-year-old sea cadet who died after falling from a training ship will take place today.

Jonathan Martin, from Ashford, Kent, had been on the TS Royalist, anchored at Stokes Bay, off Gosport, when he suffered a fatal fall on May 2, 2010.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch said he had unclipped his harness while on the ship’s rigging and fell backwards, striking the side of the ship, before falling into the sea.

After the tragedy his family said they thought safety procedures aboard the ship were inadequate and would push for a change in the law during his inquest at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.