Friday 23 August 2019

Alan, 65, drowned in Courtown Harbour

SCOTTISH man Alan Penman died from drowning in Courtown Harbour, his inquest in New Ross heard.

Mr Penman, of 3 Seamount Cottages, Courtown, died aged 65 on January 22.

His wife Valerie said in a statement that her husband suffered from depression. She recalled watching TV with Alan the day before he died. Having gone to bed, she awoke the next morning and went into the sittingroom to find the fire lighting and a copy of that day's newspaper.

'I thought he had gone off and then I found a note in the sunroom.'

She searched around the harbour area and the emergency services were contacted.

Garda John Cleary said tyre tracks were found at the entrance to the channel and the RNLI located Mr Penman's car.

'The diving unit, with the assistance of the RNLI, removed him from the water.'

Pathologist Dr Nigam Shah said 24 tablets were found in Mr Penman's system but these did not result in death, which was from drowning.

Coroner Dr Sean Nixon said he knew Mr Penman well, adding that he battled depression for many years.

He recorded a verdict of death by suicide and expressed his syampthies to the family.

Wexford People

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