Coroner to investigate teen's death

A coroner’s investigation will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of 14-year-old Risco Batten, who died in an accident off a South Sound beach last month.

The teenager was on an organized outing from the Bonaventure Boys Home when he got into difficulty while swimming on Nov. 29.

Police are assisting the coroner with the investigation, and an inquest is likely to be held next year.

Bonaventure Boys Home, where the 14-year-old was a resident, and the Ministry of Community Affairs, which has responsibility for the home, confirmed the basic details of the incident but have declined to comment further.


  1. I wonder if there was enough people to watch the # kids that could have prevented this tragic from happening . I think that the minister needs to look at this tragic death to see and know how to prevent this from ever happening again to one of our kids.

  2. What a sad, sad story. Hopefully, the staff and young people attending this outing will be able to recover from this terrible experience.

    Condolences to the family and friends of this young man. May he rest in peach.

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