Boy ‘lay dying for 2 hours’ after collapsing wall crushed him while helping dad in garden

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A 12-year-old boy lay dying for two hours after he was tragically crushed by a collapsed wall in a freak accident. Scott-Swaley Daniel Stevens, 12, died at a house in Essex last Friday night. His mother, Charmaine Lee, made the horrifying discovery when she called him for dinner. Both the boy and his father were trapped under the collapsing bricks.

The pair had been working together in the garden when the tragic accident occurred. According to the Daily Mail, the father and son were trapped under the collapsed wall for two hours as a result.

Just before 7pm, the boy’s wounded father, in his 30s, was pulled from the rubble by police. He had suffered an arm injury, but survived the accident.

However, Swaley could not be saved, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Road closures were put in place by police as emergency services raced to help the family. The young boy’s family has described how the incident left them “broken”.

In a statement they said: “After a tragic accident, our son Scott-Swaley has sadly passed away. As a family, we cannot explain the hurt we feel and we are broken.

“Our Swaley was a well-loved boy who had friends not only in Clacton, but also in Dartford and Wickford and will be missed by so many. As a family, we would like to ask for privacy at this difficult time whilst we come to terms with our loss.

“We appreciate and would like to say thank you for all of the kind tributes to our boy.”

Another relative posted on Facebook: “Another young boy gone too soon… thinking of you & all the family…. such a horrible world we live in.”

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“Firefighters worked to release both people, a man and a 12-year-old child, from under the bricks. Although crews were able to release the man, the child sadly died at the scene.”

Station Manager Nick Singleton added: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with everyone who knew the child as well as the wider Clacton community. Our firefighters worked incredibly hard to save both casualties and this is never the outcome we want to see.”

Anyone with information, CCTV, or dashcam footage is urged to contact Essex Police, quoting incident 1121 of October 21.

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