Michael Hill, 48, father of three and an experienced oarsman and rowing coach drowned in the Thames after having trouble with a motor launch he was using to cross the Thames to begin a coaching session at Putney.
At Westminster coroner’s court, a fellow coach reported that Mr Hill had had problems with ingress of water into the launch. Another witness reported that he had heard Mr Hill shouting for help, but had been unable to locate him in the dark. The launch was found to be circling with the kill cord unattached to Mr Hill, whose body when recovered was found to be without a life jacket. The investigation ruled that Mr Hill died as a result of falling into the water with heart disease a secondary factor.
So sad, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Hill.
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