‘Devastated’ family of James Corfield’s Royal Welsh safety review call

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Mr Corfield was a member of Montgomery Young Farmers Club

The family of a young farmer whose body was found in a river after a night out during the Royal Welsh Show say “urgent safety issues” must be addressed.

James Corfield, 19, from Montgomery, went missing at last year’s event near Builth Wells and his body was found in the River Wye six days later.

A coroner gave a verdict of accidental death. Mr Corfield’s family said they were working with show organisers.

The Royal Welsh Show has been asked for a comment.

Mr Corfield’s mother Louise and father George want to make the annual four-day event – one of the largest agricultural events in Europe which attracts about 240,000 visitors every July to Llanelwedd in Powys – “safer for the young people of Wales”.

“There are important and urgent safety issues that have been identified and are currently starting to be addressed,” said a family statement read by their solicitor Paul Inns.

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“We will be working hard to ensure that these improvements will be in place before July to make sure things will be a lot safer this year.”

Powys council set up and are co-ordinating an action group to improve the safety of people attending the Royal Welsh – looking at issues like lighting, fencing, transport and medical centres – after Mr Corfield’s death in July 2017.

Footage

CCTV pictures of Mr Corfield’s last known movements were played at an inquest in Welshpool on Friday.

It showed him walking away from a group of minibuses for people staying at a young people’s village across the River Wye from the main showground.

He was seen heading in the direction of the rugby field which has a path alongside the river.

Insp Andrew Pitt from Dyfed-Powys Police, who led the search effort, told the hearing that it was his supposition that Mr Corfield had gone into the River Wye in an attempt to reach the young people’s village.

Mr Corfield, a member of Montgomery Young Farmers Club, was due to meet his family at the showground the next day.

His mother reported him missing after he failed to show up on 25 July.

Search teams

The inquest at Welshpool heard that by that evening the police considered him to be a high-risk missing person and a large-scale search was launched.

A police helicopter, along with boat and dive teams, mountain rescue crews, the fire service and search dog handlers were involved, along with other volunteers.

Mr Corfield’s body was found on Sunday 30 July.

His mother told a police family liaison officer her son “would not have gone into the river voluntarily” as he did not like the water.

Another police officer told the hearing there was no evidence of any third party involvement in Mr Corfield’s death.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-42662556