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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Family's anger on anniversary of mother and daughter's death

The family of a mother and daughter who died in a fume-filled boat still seek closure a year on.

Kelly Webster, 36, and Lauren Thornton, 12, died on Easter Monday last year after being overcome by fumes as they slept on a private motor cruiser moored on Windermere.

Their family, who yesterday held a graveside vigil at a cemetery in Leyland, Lancashire, spoke of their anger and frustration that there has still been no inquest.

Ms Webster’s mum, Nia Webster, said: “It’s been a horrific year for us. And it just doesn’t get any easier.

“We haven’t heard a word from the police or the coroner’s office for months. We don’t know what is happening. An inquest will never bring them back, but it would help bring some kind of closure for our family. It’s terrible and we’re so angry.

“The last time we spoke to them they didn’t say much, just that they were carrying on doing what they were doing, whatever that was.” The pair were found unconscious in their beds and were airlifted to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Boat owner Matthew Eteson was treated in hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning, but survived.

The 39-year-old, who was Ms Webster’s fiance, had been sleeping in a different part of the boat which was less affected by the fumes.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch report less than two months later concluded the mum and daughter had been poisoned by exhaust gases from a faulty onboard generator.

Cumbria police confirmed they are still investigating cause of the deaths.

A police spokesman said: “Police are in close contact with the families.”

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