Inquest opens into death of Potter Heigham bridge pilot Graham Cook

Preliminary investigations into the death of a popular Broads bridge pilot have indicated that he drowned.

The body of Graham Cook, 38, was found last Friday in a dyke next to the River Thurne in Potter Heigham.

Great Yarmouth-born Mr Cook lived on a houseboat close to the Phoenix Fleet boatyard, which was where he worked as a pilot.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned in Norwich today (Wednesday). Norfolk coroner William Armstrong said Mr Cook's body had been found by a Broads Authority ranger.

He said: 'The very brief circumstances are that he was last seen walking back to his houseboat in Potter Heigham at about 11.15pm on Thursday, February 2.

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'At some stage he entered the water and he was found the following morning at about 9am in a dyke off the main river.'

Mr Armstrong said a post-mortem examination had been carried out by pathologist Dr Xenia Tyler and the preliminary report indicated the cause of death was drowning.

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He said further investigations were continuing. The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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