Man who drowned off Anglesey died accidentally, coroner rules

MYSTERY remains about why a man ascended “rapidly and uncontrollably” then drowned following a 100ft dive to the seabed nine miles off Wales.

An inquest at Caernarfon heard 64-year-old Peter Morgan, a grandfather and retired BT worker, of Macclesfield in Cheshire, died last September after trying to dive to the wreck of the MV Segontium, off Rhoscolyn, Anglesey.

Coroner Katie Sutherland yesterday (June 29) recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

She said: “He was doing something he loved.”

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Mr Morgan had been with a group of divers from Cheshire.

He was ascending above his diving partner Michael Dennison when he vanished.

Mr Dennison said Mr Morgan was an experienced diver.

“There was no indication of any problems,” he added.

Nathaniel Walkowjak, a Cheshire detective and fellow diver, said a Mayday call was made when Mr Morgan failed to surface.

The diving party couldn’t go down again to search, having little air left.

“We all felt very helpless,” he said.

A coastguard helicopter and lifeboats responded. Two divers from another nearby boat found the body.

Pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers, a diving enthusiast himself, said there was evidence of barotrauma because of the rapid ascent and “microbubbles.”

Dr Rodgers said: “Something went wrong.”

Mr Morgan came up in serious difficulty, passed out, dropped back down and drowned.

“There was nothing anybody could have done,” the pathologist – a Home Office expert – added.

The coroner said the evidence didn’t explain why Mr Morgan ascended rapidly and uncontrollably.

He died from drowning and had cerebral and coronary air gas embolism.

He may have lost buoyancy with “tragic consequences.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey