Pensioner dies in South Wootton fish pond

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A pensioner died after falling into a fish pond despite the efforts of his wife and neighbours.

Beryl Smith fought for more than 20 minutes to pull her 70-year-old husband Melvyn who was known as John, from the pond at their home in Burghley Way, South Wootton.

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Mrs Smith told yesterday’s inquest in Lynn that she wonders if there was anything more she could have done.

After recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Jacqueline Lake told her: “There was nothing more you could have done. You did all you could to help him.”

The hearing was told that Mrs Smith found her husband struggling to get out after hearing his shouts for help at about 6.30pm on July 29.

After 20 minutes of trying to pull Mr Smith, who was a “big man”, out of the pond, she ran into the street to call for help.

Her neighbour Stuart Mitchell heard her calls and with help from his 18-year-old son Michael managed to get Mr Smith out of the pond.

They tried to resuscitate Mr Mitchell before the arrival of paramedics. He died in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on July 30.

The hearing was told Mr Mitchell died as a result of drowning.

Mrs Lake said: “I would like to add my thanks to the neighbours for the help they provided. They came as quickly as the could.”