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Former golf ladies' captain died after banging head on jetty while on holiday

Published date: 29 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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DEATH: Sylvia Pritchard 

A FORMER golf club ladies’ captain died after banging her head on a jetty while on holiday.

Sylvia Pritchard was staying in the Belek region of Turkey when she suffered the injury which led to a bleed on the brain after jumping into the sea.

At an inquest on Thursday, North Shropshire coroner John Ellery recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “I do not believe this was drowning, I believe the head injury came after hitting her head on something hard below the water.”

Previously, the hearing was told how the 68-year-old grandmother,  of Plas Newydd, had been on a golfing holiday with her husband John and four friends, including Beryl Aubrey.

She said: “I watched her climb down the steps before dropping into the water. She surfaced, she took a stroke which was very weak, and then she flipped over face down.”

Mrs Pritchard was rushed to Serik Hospital where she died.

Mr Pritchard said: “I never saw Sylvia go into the water, I heard Beryl ask if she was ok when she was in the water.

“I went to look and asked if she was ok. I told her to come out of the water and then she flipped over.”

He continued: “She went into the water and the jetty was quite a long way out. There was a bit of a swell and I think she has gone in and banged her head on something.”

A post mortem held in Turkey had ruled that Mrs Pritchard had died from drowning.

However, Mr Ellery overruled that and based his response on a second examination which took place in the UK.

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