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  • Harry Sykes, 16, was on tour with Halifax Elite Rugby Academy when he died
  • He went missing and his body was found a couple of hours later in a French lake
  • Inquest heard after post-mortem by French, one of his lungs and heart was lost
  • Three possibilities for death: he was hit, lost consciousness, cold water reaction
  • French authorities lost the organs belonging to a British rugby player who died in a lake in the south of 法国 following a post mortem, an inquest has heard today.

    Harry Sykes, 16, was on tour with Halifax Elite Rugby Academy when his body was recovered by divers in the Lac de la Cavayère, near the medieval town of Carcassonne.

    Bradford Coroner’s Court heard none of his teammates or anyone else saw the sequence of events that unfolded prior to his death on 5 九月 2018.

    And to compound his family’s misery, the inquest heard his heart and one of his lungs had been lost following a post-mortem examination by the French authorities.

    The coroner also heard there were three possibilities to account for the death of Harry who was described as a strong swimmer.

    The 16-year-old from Bradford was either hit by something, lost consciousness, or suffered a fatal reaction to the cold water.

    Harry Sykes, 图为, 16, 从布拉德福德, died at a lake in the south of France in September 2018

    Harry Sykes, 图为, 16, 从布拉德福德, died at a lake in the south of France in September 2018

    Harry Sykes, who was travelling with the Halifax Rugby League Academy, was last seen alive entering the water at around 1.30pm.

    The tour was organised by the academy’s coaches, former Halifax, London Broncos and England winger Lee Greenwood and his brother, Gareth Greenwood.

    Det Insp Tom Levitt, of West Yorkshire Police, who carried out an investigation into Harry’s death, said that the Greenwood brothers, who both have previous criminal convictions for unrelated matters, were arrested and interviewed on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.

    然而, the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was insufficient evidence to pursue the matter.

    Richard Copnall, representing Harry’s mother, Natasha Burton, and his stepfather, Daniel Burton, asked DI Levitt whether he thought the bar had been reached for a criminal prosecution.

    DI Levitt replied: ‘I definitely thought there was a case to answer.

    Mr Copnall then asked what the Greenwood brothers were doing from 1.30pm.

    DI Levitt said they were in a restaurant bar with no clear sight of what was going on in the man-made lake.

    The inquest heard a tragedy had been narrowly averted on a previous tour in 2017 when a child got into difficulties and Lee Greenwood had to rescue him because he was struggling.

    The boys spent the day at the idyllic Lac de la Cavayère, near the medieval town of Carcassonne, enjoying pedalos and water slides - but the alarm was raised when one of their number had gone missing at 8.30pm

    The boys spent the day at the idyllic Lac de la Cavayère, near the medieval town of Carcassonne, enjoying pedalos and water slidesbut the alarm was raised when one of their number had gone missing at 8.30pm

    The boys spent the day at the idyllic Lac de la Cavayère. This picture was taken just before the tragedy

    The boys spent the day at the idyllic Lac de la Cavayère. This picture was taken just before the tragedy

    Harry was last seen alive entering the water at around 1.30pm and only later several hours later at the hotel that others realised he was missing.

    DI Levitt, of West Yorkshire Police said the party of more than 35 学生们, aged mainly from 16 至 18, had got public transport from their hotel to the lake for what was supposed to be an enjoyable day in the sunshine.

    They arrived between 12pm and 12:30pm and he said there was a loose arrangement that they should arrive back at the hotel by 6pm.

    The inquest heard that although it was a hot day the water was ‘freezingand very murky.

    One of the boys reported later that he had felt something ‘squishyunder the water and it appeared that this was Harry’s body.

    The lads from Halifax Elite Rugby Academy had enjoyed a sunny day on the lake before Harry went missing

    The lads from Halifax Elite Rugby Academy had enjoyed a sunny day on the lake before Harry went missing

    Under questioning by counsel to the inquest, Philip Simms, Det Insp Levitt said: ‘One student has said they felt something.

    ‘They put their hands under the water but it was murky and they couldn’t see anything and didn’t investigate it further to be fair.

    ‘They didn’t make [the tour organisers] Lee and Gareth Greenwood aware.

    ‘They thought it was a possible jellyfish. There was a conversation between various students who brushed it off as a bit of a laugh, unfortunately.

    DI Levitt explained that it was only when a headcount took place at the hotel at 7pm that it was realised Harry was missing and eventually at 9pm the French police were contacted.

    Divers searched the lake and Harry’s body was discovered at 10.45pm, leaving his family, friends and club heartbroken.

    The inquest continues and is expected to last several more days.