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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Man had heart attack while diving in Lake District, inquest told

An experienced diver suffered a heart attack while underwater in the Lake District, an inquest heard.

Carl Morris, 39, died in Wastwater on January 27 last year after getting into trouble at a depth of 164 feet.

Mr Morris, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was in the Lake District to complete a course and was part of an experienced group of four.

Dive leader John Timperley told the hearing he had held hands with Mr Morris as they began to ascend but they lost contact at 39ft.

He said Mr Morris would have dropped "like a stone".

The inquest was told Mr Morris, who was qualified to instructor level, did not have a valid medical certificate.

A post mortem found he died from a heart attack as a result of a blocked coronary artery.

The inquest was told Mr Morris was 6ft 1in tall, a heavy smoker and his weight fluctuated between 17 and 21 stones.

His body was found after a two-day search.

The inquest, held in Cockermouth, is expected to end today.

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