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Inquest Hears About Barnsley Man's Tragic Diving Accident

Tuesday October 22 2013


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AN experienced scuba diver missed out on the birth of his first grandchild after he died in a tragic accident during a trip to Scotland.

An inquest heard bricklayer David Ruston, 59, a member of Barnsley BSAC Divers club, which trains at the Metrodome, got into difficulty in the North Sea at Eyemouth, on the Berwickshire coast.

Fellow divers told the court how Mr Ruston, of Cypress Road, Kendray, signalled for help and managed to cling on to rocks before being found unconscious in the water.

He was pulled out of the sea at Green Ends Gully and given CPR but died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The incident, on June 16 last year, came just months before the arrival of Mr Ruston's granddaughter Lily Mae, who recently celebrated her first birthday.

Daughter-in-law Kelly Ruston said: "Even though they have never met he is still loved."

Pathologist Dr Ian Wilkinson said, in his report, Mr Ruston, who had been suffering with a persistent cough, had signs of ischemic heart disease which put him at an increased risk of death at any time.

Trip organiser Mark Robinson, of Barnsley BSAC, said it was the group's fifth outing to Berwickshire and Mr Ruston had been every year.

"We wouldn't do the trip without David - he was like the comedian of the trip.

"I was out of the water and I saw a black blob outside the gully. I thought it was a seal at first and then I saw this arm up giving the distress signal."

In his report, pathologist Mr Wilkinson said the cause of death was 'diving while immersed in water' and referenced David's heart problem.

Assistant coroner Louise Slater said: "On the evidence before me this afternoon, I'm satisfied to the balance of probabilities Mr Ruston died of an accident."

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