Open Verdict At Inquest Of Holidaymaker

View towards Great Bay, St Martin's

The Coroner for the Isles of Scilly, Mr Ian Arrow, has recorded an open verdict at the inquest of a woman who died while swimming on St Martin’s last year.

Mrs Kathryn Kinnear, 62, from Largs in Ayrshire, was on holiday on the islands with her husband.

She was found floating in the water off Great Bay on the morning of 30th August 2011, close to the shore, a few minutes after entering for a swim.

In a statement, her husband Peter Kinnear, who had been reading on the beach, said that one minute he could see her swimming, then a few minutes later he saw her still and face down in the water.

Several people who were on the beach at the time rushed to her aid but rescuers, including a passing doctor, could not revive her.

Mr Kinnear described his wife as being in excellent health and a good swimmer.

A report from pathologist Dr Rolf Hohle said there was no evidence of drowning and the cause of death could not be ascertained.

Mr Arrow told the inquest that, while the temperature of the water could have been a contributory factor, he had to record an open verdict as no cause of death could be ascertained.