Shukri Abdi death in river was 'accidental', inquest rules

The drowning of a 12-year-old Somali girl in a river was an accidental death, a coroner concludes.

Shukri Abdi’s body was recovered by underwater search teams from the River Irwell in Bury, Greater Manchester on June 27 last year.

On Friday, Joanne Kearsley, senior coroner for Manchester North, said Shukri entered the water with a 13-year-old girl and did so “after some encouragement.”

The other child knew that Shukri couldn’t swim and was confident that she could survive, she said.

Both went to a section of the water that was deeper, and at one point the other kid tried to swim underwater, the coroner continued.

Ms. Kearsley said: “At this point, based on the probabilities, a combination of deep water, along with Shukri panicking and the other child struggling to swim, meant that she probably pushed Shukri away.

“Shukri went under water and was drowned.”