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Father's river death 'an accident'

The man's body was later found in the river. Credit: ITV Border

The death of man who drowned while trying to save his young daughter was an accident, a coroner has concluded.

Dean Price went into the River Esk at Longtown on a hot and sunny day on 30 June after seven-year-old Delilah slipped and fell into the water.

Mr. Price, a 32-year-old maintenance man, made desperate efforts to keep his daughter's head above the deep water.

The youngster was rescued by Geoff Maxwell, a joiner and off-duty retained firefighter who was working nearby.

However, Mr. Price went under the fast-moving, swirling water and disappeared from view.

His body was found several hours later by divers.

Geoff Maxwell, of Langholm, pictured after today's hearing in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of Mr. Price, of Walsall, West Midlands, was held in Carlisle today (24 November).

It was said that the "fit and healthy" married man died as a result of immersion - most likely drowning.

Senior Cumbria coroner David Roberts concluded that his death was an accident.

Mr. Roberts praised the intervention of self-employed joiner Mr. Maxwell, from Langholm, who told the hearing how he bravely pulled Delilah to safety.

The coroner told him: "On behalf of the public generally, I would like to thank you for your selfless act."