Ongoing Legal Battle Over the Death of Southampton Graduate


Legal proceedings are ongoing after the death of a University of Southampton graduate whilst on an introductory dive off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Bethany Farrell, 23, died after becoming separated from her instructor, becoming panicked off the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. She had recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in English and Media. She died just one week into her 12 month gap year.

Ms. Farrell’s father, has called for the prosecution of the company, DL20 Trading Pty Ltd, also known as Wings Diving Adventures. He added that his daughter had been ‘completely let down’ by the team that she paid to accompany her.

Statements from the Australian police say that Bethany was believed to have died after her driving group got entangled with another team and she became separated from them.

The group did not have their basic swimming competency checked and were not taught how to successfully maintain positive buoyancy before leaving for their diving session, this is believed to have ultimately lead to Ms. Farrell’s death since she was stated as failing to maintain positive buoyancy just before drowning.


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