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Grandfather died in freak accident after falling 50ft off cliff

Credit: Wales News Service

A grandad was killed in a freak accident while taking his grandson crabbing on a beach.

David Benson, 67, lost control while walking down a steep coastal path and plunged over a 50ft cliff.

Retired Ministry of Defence official Mr Benson and his wife Pat took their five-year-old grandson on the crabbing trip to Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire during the school holidays in August.

An inquest heared Mr Benson parked above the beach to set off down a steep path to reach the rockpools on the popular beach.

Coroner's officer Jeremy Davies said: "It was a sunny day and walked down a grass path to get to the beach.

"His wife said it was too steep for her and their grandson.

"But he said he would carry on down the path and meet them on the beach."

The inquest heard that Mr Benson – who retired in 2012 as a result of ill health – started "walking quicker and quicker, going from walking to running."

His wife thought it looked like he had "lost control" before he plunged over the the cliff.

Mrs Benson raised the alarm - and three lifeguards from the RNLI arrived with other emergency services and the air ambulance.

But Mr Benson was pronounced dead shortly after 1pm on Freshwater West beach.

Mr Davies said a tumour had caused Mr Benson, of Milton, Pembs, to have problems with his balance.

A post-mortem examination concluded he died from injuries caused by a fall from height.

Mark Layton, senior coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, said: "Unfortunately at some point he lost control and fell off the cliff," he said.

He recorded a conclusion of accidental death.