At Cardiff Coroner’s Court an inquest on a 15 year old Stanwell School pupil from Penarth – Miller Coyle- has been unable to pinpoint exactly what led to his death.
Miller Coyle was seriously injured after falling – late a night – from a cliff at Lavernock Point on Sunday February 26th 2017.
Both Penarth lifeboats, Penarth coastguard officers and NHS paramedics were called out to the emergency and found Miller unconscious at the base of the cliff.
He was ferried from Lavernock to Penarth lifeboat station by the D class lifeboat. First aid was administered on board the lifeboat before he was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales at the Heath in Cardiff with what were described as life-threatening injuries. Miller passed away in hospital on Sunday March 5th – a week after his fall.
At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner, Philip Spinney, recorded a narrative verdict, adding: “I am not satisfied that it was Miller’s intention to take his own life, but nor can I say it was pure accident.”
The inquest heard how earlier on February 26th Miller Coyle had eaten with his family and then told his parents he was going to meet friends at 19:00 and would be back home at 22:00.
It emerged in the inquest that Miller had sent messages on his mobile phone to a friend giving his video game usernames and passwords. The friend asked him if he had been banned from playing video games. Miller replied he had “gone for walk on his own” and added: “Suicide, genuine.” The friend asked for his location and received a dark photo and a message saying he was at a cliff edge near St Mary Well’s Bay. The friend contacted Miller’s parents. Miller’s last message was “I’m sorry, I’m doing it, goodbye.”
The Coroner said “Miller lived in Penarth and had strong friendships and a loving family. He played online games and spent time in local parks. He did voluntary work at a charity shop and was always smiling and was never in trouble. There was no indication that there was anything troubling him. Miller was a popular young man with a strong group of friends and a loving family.”