Woman drowns in Portishead marina after drinking with friends
PUBLISHED: 17:37 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:36 28 June 2016
A 30-year-old woman who suffered from epilepsy was drunk when she fell into Portishead marina and drowned, an inquest heard.
Amy Cadman, of Underwood Road in Portishead, died on February 18 after she was pulled from the water.
At an inquest into her death, at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court today (Tuesday), the court heard how Amy had been upset her mum had to stay in hospital for an extra night due to a chest infection.
She went to The Poacher from 6-8.30pm with her friend, Ken Rees-Teucher, who described Amy as ‘fairly drunk’ and ‘crying and upset’.
Amy stayed on at the pub and was swapping texts with her close friend Martin Randall, who had seen her earlier in the day.
He said: “She was a bit down because her mum was in hospital and she was worried about her. She was missing her mum a lot.”
Amy, who suffered from mild learning difficulties and had the mental age of a 16-year-old, lived with her mum and had been looking forward to her coming home.
Martin said he had a text from Amy later that night asking for the access code to the pier gate.
He said: “I did know it so I gave it to her. We had walked out there a couple of times together. She used to like staring out to sea - she found it therapeutic.
“I was getting a bit worried about her. I tried phoning her and there was no answer.”
Martin went out to look for her at The Poacher and at her home, but then spotted the emergency services heading to the marina.
He said: “She was just upset her mum was still in hospital. She was so looking forward to her coming home that day. I had a message saying ‘I’ve had enough’.
“I was worried about her. I did not think she was going to take her own life.”
The court heard how Tim Snaden had been out walking his dog at around 10.35pm when he heard a splash in the marina.
He spotted Amy in the water and threw in a life ring, but got no response.
A post mortem report found the cause of death to be drowning and toxicology reports showed Amy had excess alcohol in her system at the time of her death.
Speaking at the inquest, her mum Fay, paid tribute to her ‘kind and generous’ daughter. She said: “I couldn’t have wished for a better daughter. She was kind and generous and always had a cuddle for anyone who needed one.
“I believe she fell into the marina and, given the terrible weather conditions, it was shock that killed her.”
Senior coroner Maria Voisin recorded a narrative conclusion, stating: “Amy Cadman died due to drowning, however her intention is unknown.”