British teen dies in rock climbing accident in Santa Ana

Lucas Drummond, 16, died while rock climbing in Santa Ana.

Lucas Drummond, 16, died while rock climbing in Santa Ana.

April 11th, 2014 ( Lucas Drummond, a 16-year-old British teen, died in a rock climbing accident in the San José suburb of Santa Ana.


The incident reportedly took place last Friday.  His parents, John and Carol flew to Costa Rica this week and were due to return home to London today with their son’s body, according to press reports from London.


Drummond had been participating in an international study program at United World College of Costa Rica since September and had hoped to learn Spanish.


Drummond was reportedly an experienced climber who had taken part in competitions around Britain.  Drummond and other students were under the supervision of an instructor at the Santa Ana rock-climbing range where the incident occurred, according to reports.


He was out of sight as he led the descent when he fell, reports said.  Investigators have examined ropes and climbing equipment.


Responding to a phone call from Inside Costa Rica, British Embassy spokesperson Denise Lewis would add only that the “British Embassy is aware of the death of a British national in Costa Rica and is providing consular assistance to the family.”


Drummond was described as an “exceptional” teenager and student who was well-liked.

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    • Rhett Butler

      Isn’t rock climbing really a suicidal pursuit? I mean, what kind of moron does this for fun?

    • Andrew

      Kind words for the departed, rhett.
      A 16 year-old kid is dead and you’re the moron….