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Man, 49, dies from his injuries after falling in adventure centre indoor cave

NewsMan, 49, dies from his injuries after falling in adventure centre indoor cave

A 49-year-old man has died of injuries after falling from the indoor caves at an adventure center in Keswick. Carl O’Keeffe from Lancester passed away at 3pm on Sunday after the incident at Kong Adventure Centre in Keswick.

The deceased had visited the centre to attend a birthday party on April 22.

He was reportedly with four children when he slipped and found himself stuck.

Staff at the adventure center initially tried to rescue him but had to call for emergency services later on. 

Six crews from Cumbria Fire and Rescue, police, Keswick Mountain Rescue, Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit, Great North Air Ambulance and the Northwest Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team all attended.

Sections of the climbing wall were dismantled, with the help of customers, to allow access to hidden tunnels.

The rescue effort took four hours, with Carl rushed to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he died a week later.

Carl’s older sister Olivia Short said in a Facebook post on Saturday: “At 3pm today I sat with Carl and said good bye forever.

“He was my baby brother and over the last few years became my best friend.

“I loved him dearly and we were in contact daily doing word challenges and exchanging weird facts of nature.

“I also got to spend alternate weekends with him and his children.

“I have been with him since his accident in Keswick on Saturday 22nd April.

“He was taken to Carlisle hospital intensive care with crush injuries.

“It became apparent that the injuries were severe and he would not be able to survive.

“He was then moved to a private room and I was able to stay with him so that he could die with some dignity.

“I’m broken hearted. As are the rest of our family.”

A spokesperson for Cumberland Council said: “We have been notified of an incident that took place at the Kong Adventure Centre, Keswick, and are investigating the matter, as the regulating body.”

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