Chef bled to death after he fell on wine glass in parent’s caravan

A father of two bled to death after falling on a wine glass in his parent's seaside caravan.

Sam Sommerville, 36, was on holiday in East Yorkshire when he fell and pierced his neck on the glass he was holding.

The ‘ambitious' chef was on a trip with his wife and children when he stood up from a sofa and fell forwards, cutting his neck and bleeding heavily.


Tragedy: Sam Sommerville, pictured, died after he fell on to a wine glass in his father's seaside caravan.

An inquest into his death at Hull Coroner's Court heard how he had been staying at his father and stepmother's caravan at Sand Le Mere Caravan Park in Tunstall, in August, when tragedy struck.

Mr Sommerville, who was originally from Hull but later lived and worked in London as a chef, had been drinking during the afternoon as he enjoyed the family occasion.

As the family prepared to leave the caravan at about 7pm for a children's entertainment show at the park's on-site clubhouse, Mr Sommerville cut his eyebrow so stayed behind with his father and stepmother to clean himself up, while the rest went on ahead. It was then that he fell and cut his throat on the glass.

Despite desperate attempts by his father and paramedics to save him, Mr Sommerville was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Giving an emotional account to the court, Mr Sommerville's father Peter said: ‘His glass was empty. I just heard a big bang and then I saw him on the floor. I went straight to him and just tried to stop the bleeding.

‘It seemed like ages and ages and ages before the ambulance turned up. I did all I could to save him.'

 In a statement read out during proceedings, Mr Sommerville's widow, Amy, described her husband as ‘ambitious' and that he had been interviewed for a promotion at work just two days before he died.

Accidental: The coroner called Mr Sommerville's death in Sand Le Mere caravan park, pictured, ‘tragic'

 She said: ‘He was extremely excited about having reached the ‘cook off' stage (of the job application) and was busy learning new recipes,' she said.

‘He was always in the gym and had a personal trainer. He had a clean bill of health.'

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Coroner Rosemary Baxter said: ‘Having heard all the evidence I'm satisfied beyond the balance of probabilities that this death was due to a tragic accident, namely the deceased fell in the caravan on the date that he died.'

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