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River Avon body identified by police

Police have identified a man whose body was found in the River Avon at Evesham last month.

Officers were called to the Weir Meadow Caravan Park in Castle Street on Wednesday 19 February when a member of the public spotted a body in the river that had been caught up on a boat mooring.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service sent a boat crew to recover the man, who appeared to have been in the water for some days.

West Mercia Police released a nationwide appeal for the public’s help to discover his identity, including releasing photos of his clothes.

It is a relief we have confirmed who this man is and his family can now start grieving for their loved one.

“I would like to thank those people from across the country who contacted us with information about who this gentleman may have been.”

– Detective Sergeant Craig Tennant, West Mercia police

During a police search of the river bank looking for further clues, a rucksack was found that belonged to a man in his 50s from Cheltenham. Using DNA technology it was confirmed he was the deceased man.

His next of kin have been informed and the Coroner for Worcestershire has been updated.

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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.

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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
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