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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