TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved Egremont teenager who was found fatally injured in a quarry.

Cain Tubman, 16, of Egremont, was found on June 5 at Clint's Quarry, a nature reserve near Egremont.

At an inquest in Cockermouth, coroner Robert Cohen heard many loving tributes paid by his family and friends.

They described him as great fun, kind, a good friend and someone who had lots to look forward to.

The medical cause of death was given as "multiple traumatic injuries". The pathologist confirmed "traumatic injuries sustained from a high impact fall from height".

A toxicology report showed there were no drugs in Cain's system and only a small amount of alcohol, described as "low social levels".

The inquest heard he was found deceased by a friend who called for an ambulance. Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team assisted with recovering Cain.

Cain lived in Egremont with his mum, Amanda Winker, and her partner. He was in regular touch with his dad, Barry Tubman.

He went to school at St Joseph's, Whitehaven, Westlakes and, finally, St Benedict's, in Whitehaven.

He was clever, always enjoyed going to school and had many friends, said Miss Winker.

"He was very close to his granddad, my dad, and was close to the rest of my family. His cousins doted on him.

"We were a normal family. He enjoyed playing on his X-box and exploring on his bike with friends."

The court heard he had been in a relationship with a girl, which had ended.

The day before he died he had sat in the garden with his mum for a few hours. "He seemed to be himself. He spoke about getting a job," she said.

He went out later. He responded to an initial message from his mother but then did not reply to repeated messages sent after that. She presumed he was with friends.

When a friend appeared the following morning to see if he was in she phoned the police.

"He used to go to the quarry with friends and knew how to keep himself safe," she said.

"I know Cain would not have jumped. There was no change in his behaviour. Cain was always happy and making jokes.

"He was happy, fun, caring, someone you always wanted to be around."

Mr Tubman, who lives in Carlisle, said: "My son was full of life and knew he had lots of big exciting things happening.

"He was looking forward to going to Cyprus and a new car. He was the kindest, friendliest person."

Mr Tubman and Miss Winker questioned how the police dealt with the incident.

"The evidence we have answers the relevant questions," said Mr Cohen

"There is no reason to believe this is a case of violent death or circumstances that someone has done this to Cain.

"I believe the evidence we have has answered the relevant questions and gives a full account of what happened."

He said: "It's all too clear that Cain was a big part of his family's life and how much he is missed by everyone

"Friends say he was nice, kind, funny. He had a laugh about everything and was always happy. He was always there for you and had your back."

He pointed out that Cain had recently finished a "tumultuous relationship". But added that friends and family said he was well in his self.

"Ultimately I have reached the conclusion it's not possible to determine what was in Cain's mind. If he was determined to harm himself or if this is an accident," said Mr Cohen, who gave a narrative conclusion.

"He died as a result of hitting the ground. It's not possible to reach a conclusion as to whether he intended to jump or fell by accident," he said.