concludes Dean Tate died in 'accidental drowning' in Burnham
inquest into the death of Highbridge man Dean Tate has this week
concluded that he died in an accidental drowning after a night out
inquest in Taunton on Tuesday (October 9th) heard that 40-year old
Mr Tate was reported missing on Saturday February 24th 2018 after
failing to return home from a night out with his brother, Darren
said that he'd finished work at 3.30pm on the Friday afternoon and
had invited Dean to go for a drink. He initially declined but when
Dean later sent a follow-up text to his brother they arranged to
meet at 6.30pm.
walked into Burnham-On-Sea and visited the Somerset and Dorset pub
where they had four to five pints and a shot.
decided to go home as both had work the next morning, but Dean stayed
on and played a game of pool and was seen drinking into the early
hours of the Saturday at two different places.
Pope, a doorman at the Old Pier Tavern in Pier Street told the inquest
that Dean had arrived at around 10.30pm. He later headed in the
direction tof TA8's Bistro Bar.
later saw Dean at around 2am as he was walking with his head down
and hands in his pockets, staggering on the grass verge.
Beaumont, licensee of TA8s bar in Old Station Approach, said he
had thrown him out after Dean was stumbling about and very drunk.
person near the Lighthouse pub said she saw Dean in the middle of
the road and that he was unstable and seemed confused. She tried
asking him for identification in order to help him home, but he
repeated her question several times and began swearing.
search took place over two months before Dean's body was discovered
on Friday April 21st by a fisherman on a boat at the western end
of Stert Island.
jewellery, bank cards and a mobile phone matched those of Dean's
and dental records confirmed the identification.
Tony Williams ruled that Mr Tate's death was accidental as a result
of drowning. He said the precise location had not been determined.
Pictured: Top - Dean Tate; Centre - Police on the seafront investigating
the disappearance; Above - RNLI, BARB crew and Coastguards searching