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Accidental verdict on dad who died trying to save his dog

A coroner has described the death of a man who died trying to rescue his dog off the Essex coast as a 'terrible tragic accident' Click below to watch a video report by Serena Sandhu

A coroner has described the death of a man who died trying to rescue his dog off the Essex coast as a 'terrible tragic accident'

The inquest heard that John Farmer who was 59 and came from Clacton was on a day out on the family boat when his terrier dog jumped into the water.

Mr Farmer stopped the boat and followed the dog into the water. He managed to catch the animal and swam to the back of the boat where he handed the dog to his stepson.

Even though he was rescued by the emergency services within ten minutes, Mr Farmer was unresponsive to CPR and was later confirmed dead at Colchester Hospital.

After the inquest police described the case as a terrible tragedy but warned about the dangers of trying to rescue animals from water even in hot weather.