Southwold harbour plunge death inquest of Wangford man

The cause of death of the pensioner whose body was pulled out of a car that plunged into Southwold Harbour is unascertained following a post mortem examination today.

Further tests will now be needed to find out how Philip Charles Evans, 89, died on Friday afternoon after the Renault Kangoo he was in careered into the River Blyth after smashing through three barriers at a harbour car park.

As well as the post mortem examination an inquest an inquest into Mr Evans's death was opened and adjourned in Bury St Edmunds today by Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean.

The body of Mr Evans, a widower from Blacksmith Close, Wangford, near Southwold, and his car were pulled out of the harbour nearly seven hours after the vehicle crash into it.

Mr Evans was a father of three and his wife Mary died in January 2010.


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Several tributes had been left at the scene of Friday's crash and one of Mr Evans's neighbours, Lindsey Stott had described him as a 'lovely bloke'.

Friday's harbour crash happened at about with witnesses reporting that the Renault Kangoo has been revving up before it plunged in to the river.

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Southwold RNLI lifeboatman Dr Charlie Townsley had leapt into the harbour to try and attach a line to the car, which was recovered by a crane.

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