A MAN has sadly died from injuries ten days after diving into shallow water from a yacht in Leigh.
Thomas Warren, 27, suffered serious injuries to his brain and spine after diving into waist-deep water on Bell Wharf Beach, on Saturday, July 8.
Following surgery and treatment, Mr Warren died in the Royal London Hospital on July 18.
An inquest into the death was opened at Essex Coroner’s Office by area coroner Michelle Brown on Wednesday August 2.
Ms Brown said: “Mr Warren dived from a yacht into what is presumed to be shallow water in Bell Wharf Beach.
“He was lifted back to the boat by friends and paramedics were called to the scene.”
“The medical cause of death was ruled as brain injury and high cervical spine injury, following an operation on July 9.
“There is likely to be a documentary inquest in due course.”
HM Coastguard confirmed that at the time of the incident Mr Warren was brought to shore by kayakers, who handed him over to his friends when he was brought to shore.
An air ambulance took Mr Warren to Southend Hospital to treat his injuries. Following a CT trauma scan, Mr Warren was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel Road where he sadly passed away on July 18.
HM Coastguard has offered safety advice on diving and being in water.
A spokesman said: “Changing tides and water depth, submerged items and cold-water shock can cause death or life-changing injuries.
“Submerged hazards like rocks may not be visible, and water may be shallower than it seems.
“Instead, try coasteering with a registered provider. They will provide the necessary training and equipment to make the experience both safe and enjoyable.”
Picture: Emergency services initially rescued Thomas Warren at Bell Wharf. Pic: HM Coastguard Southend.
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