Published: July 17, 2013
Inquest held into fatal rhyne accident near Burnham-On-Sea

An inquest has this week been held into the death of a Rooksbridge man who died after an accident.

Michael Thornton died when the vehicle he was travelling in left the road and ended up in a water-filled rhyne in Pill Road, Rooksbridge.

Coroner Michael Rose told the inquest: "The deceased was a passenger in a motor vehicle which was being driven on a single carriageway when it left the road and overturned into a water-filled rhyne at the side of the road. The deceased was pulled from the vehicle and, despite efforts to resuscitate him, he died at the scene."

The cornoner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Police were called to reports of the Land Rover Discovery on its roof in a rhyne, off Pill Road, at about 1.40am on November 13th last year.

Mr Thornton, an agricultural worker from the East Brent area, was one of three men in the vehicle.


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