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'Accidental death' ruled in luxury yacht inquest

Michael Hanlon Credit: Michael Hanlon Facebook Page

A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death after a Cumbrian sailor fell off a luxury yacht in 2013.

Michael Hanlon, from Windermere, was working on the £65 million yacht "Faith" on a crossing from the Caribbean to the South of France.

The 22-year-old fell overboard the night it was docked in Antibes.

His family believe crucial lessons should be learned from his death on the safe operation of super yachts.

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Inquest into death of Cumbrian sailor continues

Michael Hanlon Credit: Michael Hanlon Facebook Page

An inquest is currently taking place into the death of a Cumbrian sailor who died while working on a £65 million superyacht.

The coroner in Kendal was told 22-year-old Michael Hanlon, from Windermere, probably drowned after falling into the harbour from the luxury yacht "Faith" at Antibes in Southern France.

The inquest heard Mr Hanlon had been drinking in local bars before returning to the yacht on his own in April 2013.

His body was found by police divers a few hours later at the bottom of the harbour next to the yacht.

His family believe he fell while trying to climb on board.

The inquest is expected to finish later today.

Tiger Death inquest to begin today

An inquest into the death of a zoo keeper killed by a Sumatran tiger at a Cumbrian zoo is due to begin today.

Twenty four year old Sarah McClay was dragged into the animal's enclosure at the South Lakes Safari Zoo where she worked in May last year.

She later died in hospital of her injuries.

The week long hearing into the circumstances surrounding her death will be held at Kendal's County Hall.

Nurse gives evidence at inquest

A nurse has been giving evidence at the inquest into the death of 34-year-old plumber David Hagen.

Lyn Farrer was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time. She said she had tried to stop Mr Hagan leaving by holding his arm but he had brushed her aside.

Ms Farrer said she then tried to contact the hospital security but was told there was no one on duty.

Another nurse tried to follow Mr Hagen but he left the hospital.

The police and the hospital's Crisis Team were informed and a description of him issued.

He died just a few hours later at Engine Lonning in Carlisle.

Ms Farrer told the inquest that there was no formal plan on the ward to deal with high risk patients who might abscond but that staff had now been retrained.

The inquest continues.

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Second day of inquest to hear from widow

Day two of the inquest has resumed into the death of a Silloth man who managed to leave hospital despite previous suicide attempts.

34-year-old plumber David Hagen died on June 28th, 2010, in Carlisle shortly after he'd left The Cumberland Infirmary where he'd been admitted following an overdose.

So far this morning the inquest has heard from nurse Lyn Farrer who was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time.

The inquest is due to hear from several other witnesses today including Mr Hagan's widow Abigail Hagan.

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