Bexley student waited hours for ambulance in Moroccan heat before death, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:34 07 January 2014

Samuel Boon, 'an easy going, laid back young man'. Picture: PA Wire

Samuel Boon, 'an easy going, laid back young man'. Picture: PA Wire

A 17-year-old who collapsed and died during a Moroccan fundraising trek was forced to wait two hours for medical assistance, despite organisers’ claims helicopters would be on hand for emergencies - say his parents.

Samuel Boon, who studied at The Business Academy, in Yarnton Way, Erith, was two days into a six-day trek during The World Challenge trip when he collapsed in July 2012.

An inquest into his death opened on Monday at Bromley Civic Centre, with his mother Karen Boon revealing that organisers had placed an emphasis on safety, claiming satellite phones, emergency beacons and helicopters would be available in emergencies. She said: “I thought he was in a protective bubble.”

Samuel, who weighed 20 stone, had been walking regularly before the trip, as well as playing golf with his father.

Mrs Boon added: “He walked to school every day, which was 20 minutes to half an hour each way, and he walked our dog most days.

“We knew he was going to be walking five hours a day. I didn’t think that would be a problem with breaks.”

The temperature on the day of his death reportedly reached about 49C.

The inquest is expected to conclude on Friday.


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