Schoolboy, 14, collapses and dies after tackling assault course at adventure centre

A schoolboy collapsed and died during a school day out to an obstacle course venue today.

The 14-year-old boy is believed to have collapsed after becoming unwell when he and other school pupils battled a muddy assault course in an end-of-term trip to an adventure centre in Surrey.

This fatality took place at the Camelot Events adventure site in Beare Green, Surrey, where a party of teenage schoolchildren were tackling a muddy obstacle course.

The teenager died at Camelot Events adventure centre in Surrey which hosts mud run events

The teenager died at Camelot Events adventure centre in Surrey which hosts mud run events

The teenager died at Camelot Events adventure centre in Surrey which hosts mud run events

Today a spokesman for the company refused to answer questions at the site but in a statement later the firm offered its condolences saying the safety of their course was not at issue

Today a spokesman for the company refused to answer questions at the site but in a statement later the firm offered its condolences saying the safety of their course was not at issue

Today a spokesman for the company refused to answer questions at the site but in a statement later the firm offered its condolences saying the safety of their course was not at issue

The tragedy happened at the Camelot Events adventure site in Beare Green (pictured)

The tragedy happened at the Camelot Events adventure site in Beare Green (pictured)

The tragedy happened at the Camelot Events adventure site in Beare Green (pictured)

A woman working near the mud assault course said that after the boy collapsed and died, shocked classmates were taken to the centre’s clubhouse to be given warming cups of sweet hot chocolate.

She said: ‘I saw about two police cars and three ambulances and it did look quite serious.

‘A few of the kids came over for hot chocolates and things, and I overheard that it was a boy who inhaled lots of mud. He’s done something wrong while on the course and inhaled lots of mud.

‘They were just in a field across the road from us, I could see loads of cars dropping the kids off and picking them up. I believe they were a school party, a school event mud run,’ she added.

The company later said the boy had been on dry land at the time of his death. 

Emergency services rushed to the centre after the alarm was raised shorty before 1pm today and other pupils were ushered away.

An air ambulance helicopter was scrambled to the scene along with road ambulances but there was nothing the crews could do to revive the teen, who was declared dead at the scene.  

Photos posted by other Nuts Challenge participants on Instagram show the muddy course

Photos posted by other Nuts Challenge participants on Instagram show the muddy course

Photos posted by other Nuts Challenge participants on Instagram show the muddy course

The boy’s body was taken to the mortuary at the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, Surrey, where a post mortem examination will be carried out later by a pathologist to ascertain the exact cause of the youngster’s death. 

An inquest was also expected to be carried out later by the Surrey coroner.

Calls to the Camelot Events Centre – which has no connection with the Camelot Lottery organisers – went unanswered today.

The tragedy was the second involving a 14-year-old schoolboy in the same county in the last four days, after Salesian School pupil Sam Connor jumped in front of a train at Chertsey station on Monday. 

Camelot Events caters for school parties, hen and stag events, charity events, corporate and birthday events and activities involve archery, an assault course, and survival skills.

The firm is also the home of The Nuts Challenge, which was rated the toughest mud run event 2018 and is next scheduled to take place in six weeks.

Famous action novelist Chris Ryan helped refine the training course, with the site being used by Sky Sports, Reality TV shows such as Only Way is Essex, Britain’s Top Model, Its Your Fault I’m Fat and for various adverts for Nike and Nissan X Trail. 

The site in Surrey hosts corporate events and stag and hen parties as well as school trips

The site in Surrey hosts corporate events and stag and hen parties as well as school trips

The site in Surrey hosts corporate events and stag and hen parties as well as school trips

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: ‘We were called to Henfold Lane, Beare Green at 1pm today following a report of a 14-year-old boy collapsing. Sadly the boy died at the scene.

‘His death is being treated as unexplained, however at this stage his death is not thought to involve any third party and a file will be passed to the coroner’s office in due course.

‘The boy’s next of kin has now been informed. We would ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.’ 

Lisa Edwards, Operations Manager at Camelot Events said this evening: ‘We are fully cooperating with the investigation relating to the incident that happened at our site today but we would like to make it clear that this incident was not connected to the safety of the obstacle course.

‘We would also like to clarify that, despite earlier reports, the child was not on an obstacle but was on dry land when they became unwell and collapsed. Out of respect to the family and friends of the child, we will not be revealing any further details about this incident.

‘We have offered our deepest sympathies to the child’s family and the school, and our thoughts continue to be with those affected at this incredibly sad time. We will also be supporting our staff who worked tirelessly in their efforts to save the child.’

 

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