Urban explorer, 22, died falling through the roof of an abandoned Devon dairy farm, hears an inquest
Urban explorer, 22, plunged 20 feet into his death when he fell through the roof of an abandoned dairy farm, an inquest hears
- Ethan Bonnar, 22, suffered a traumatic brain injury after the fall in Totnes, Devon
- He had been reported missing, but was found a day later in the disused building
- Student loved to climb and explore abandoned buildings, his girlfriend said
- The coroner registered a conclusion of accidental death at a inquest in Plymouth
An urban explorer plunged 20 feet into his death when he fell through the roof of an abandoned dairy farm, an inquest heard today.
Ethan Bonnar, 22, suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling through a skylight onto the roof of the disused warehouse in Totnes, Devon.
The student, born in Scotland, was reported missing but was found in the building a day later, after falling 20 feet through a roof onto a concrete floor.
Ethan, who was studying illustration at Plymouth University, loved climbing and exploring abandoned buildings, said his girlfriend Charlotte Rose.
Ethan Bonnar (left and right), 22, suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling through a skylight into the roof of the disused warehouse in Totnes, Devon
The Scottish-born student loved to climb and explore abandoned buildings, said his girlfriend Charlotte Rose
Judge’s attempt to stop urban explorers entering a construction site with the tallest cranes in the City of London
A Supreme Court judge has moved to prevent city explorers from entering a construction site that is expected to contain the tallest cranes in the City of London.
Ms. Justice Stacey has issued an injunction against “unknown persons” after a construction company that erected a 155-meter-high building on Leadenhall Street took legal action.
A lawyer representing Mace Limited said there had been “no known raids” on the site, but told the judge about “seven cases of urban explorers trespassing” at other Mace locations in London.
Ms. Justice Stacey has granted Mace’s request for an order to “ curb the offense. ”
She said in her statement: “ The behavior and bravado of urban explorers in relation to other notable locations in London over the past two years leads me to conclude that the likelihood of a violation is not only imminent and real, but also high. . ‘
She added, “The risk of death or serious injury from an urban explorer trespass at the site is both real and serious and irreparable, as evidenced by the deaths of urban explorers over the past six years.”
She said Ethan would explore on his own, with her or with friends, adding, “He didn’t do this to harm, but to take photos and videos because he appreciated the aesthetic.”
A woman introduced them to the Urban Explorer forum and last July he decided to go to the old dairy site in Totnes and sent Charlotte a video from the roof of the building.
Charlotte said she lost touch with Greenock-born Ethan and later contacted his mother, Cheryl Reynolds.
They reported him missing to the police and sent officers the video Ethan had made.
Police searched the old dairy and found Ethan unconscious. He later died in a hospital in Plymouth.
Detective Sergeant Andy Penhaligon told the inquest: “There was no third party present when Ethan fell through the roof.
“It turned out to be a tragic accident.”
Ethan’s mother Cheryl, from Torquay, Devon, warned others of the dangers of urban exploration at the time of her son’s death.
She said, “What he did was so dangerous. I just want this message out there that these young people just don’t realize how dangerous it is in these old buildings.
“I told Ethan not to do it and I told him he was an idiot, but he always thought it was going to be okay.
The last thing he sent was this video of him on top of the roof.
“Ethan had a heart of gold, he was such a lovable, positive, outgoing person.”
Plymouth and South Devon senior coroner Ian Arrow recorded a claim of accidental death.
He said, ‘He went to a dilapidated building and while exploring that building he fell through the skylight and landed heavily on the concrete floor below.
“Ethan was clearly a content person who was eager to explore.”
Ethan’s mother, Cheryl Reynolds, from Torquay, Devon, said, ‘Ethan had a heart of gold, he was such a lovable, positive, outgoing person’