Boat Tragedy Inquest

The inquest into the deaths of a father and son who died after their boat capsized in the river Avon is due to take place today.

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Julian Mynott died trying to save his children

Coroner Sean McGovern said in a narrative verdict that Julian Mynott and his son Freddie died in a terrible accident on Saturday 12th May 2012.

Mr Mynott and his 3 children had gone out on a short trip in their boat on the river Avon in Barford.

The boat went over the lower weir and got caught in the undercurrent.

He also said that Mr Mynott could have saved himself but he chose not to and died in an attempt to save his children.

Local residents managed to save the 2 older children Archie and Florence.

Inquest into father and son boat tragedy

Julian Mynott with his son Freddie Credit: West Midlands Police

An inquest is due to take place into a father and son who drowned in Warwickshire. Julian Mynott aged 42 and his 3-year-old son Freddie died in Barford in 2012 when their rowing boat capsized on the River Avon.

The accident happened on May 12, Julian's other children were also in the boat when it overturned and were rescued from the water by a local resident and a police officer before being taken to hospital.

Funeral of father and son killed in boat accident

Funeral of Julian and Freddie Mynott expected to take place later today Credit: Warwickshire Police

The funeral of the father and son who died when their boat capsized is due to take place later today at St Peter's Church in Barford in Warwickshire.

Julian Mynott, 42, and his three year old son were rowing along the river avon in Barford when the boat went over a three metre high weir.

The pair died after their boat capsized along the River Avon Credit: ITV Central


Widow's gratitude for support

Warwickshire Police have formally named the father and son who died in a boating accident on the River Avon at Barford, near Warwick on Saturday as Julian Mynott, 42, who lived in High Street, Barford and his 3-year-old son Freddie.

Mr Mynott's other two children were rescued after their boat overturned. They haven't been named but a boy aged seven has been released from hospital.

His six-year-old sister remains in hospital under observation but have both made remarkable recoveries following their ordeal.

“We are all devastated by what has happened, but I want to thank my neighbours and all the people from the community who have helped and offered support, and the many people who have sent good will messages.

“The children’s school in particular has been very helpful and supportive at this difficult time, for which we are very grateful.

“I would also like to express my immense gratitude to everyone involved in the massive effort on Saturday evening to rescue my family.

I would like to thank all the emergency services and all other agencies who were there, and who have become involved since.

“Our appeal now is to be allowed our privacy, which we know that many people have already respected, in order that we can be allowed to grieve and to come to terms with what has happened.”

– Mrs Emma Mynott

Boy in boat tragedy out of hospital

One of the two children rescued after a boat overturned on the River Avon killing their father and brother has been released from hospital.

The seven-year-old boy is now with his mother who wasn't in the boat that capsized at Barford, near Warwick.

The boy's sister, aged six, is still in hospital in a serious but stable condition but is out of immediate danger.

The children's mother has asked for privacy in order for the family to come to terms with what has happened.

Warwickshire Police say that due to the processes of formal identification, they are not yet able to release the names of the two people who died, although they are aware that their names have been widely circulated.

The two who died were father and son, aged 42-years and three years respectively.

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Full report on Barford Weir deaths

An eyewitness has praised the heroism of the emergency services and villagers who tried to rescue a family who's boat capsized in the River Avon in Warwickshire.

The father, named locally as Julian Mynott and his 3 year old son Freddie died in the accident on Saturday afternoon.

Two other siblings, Archie and Florence were rescued.

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