Hull man Stuart Gilson's death in estuary 'accidental'

Stuart Gilson
Image caption Stuart Gilson's death was an accident, an inquest concluded

The death of a Hull man whose body was found in the Humber Estuary after he went missing on a night out was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Stuart Gilson's body was discovered on the River Humber's north bank between Brough Haven and Gilberdyke on 10 March.

Mr Gilson, 21, of Annandale Road, had been missing since January.

Coroner Geoffrey Saul recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest in Hull.

The coroner told the inquest there was no evidence to suggest that Mr Gilson had intended to take his own life and no motive for him to want to do that.

The post mortem found that there was no evidence that Mr Gilson had been assaulted.

The inquest heard a statement by Mr Gilson's mother, Gillian, who described him as a "happy-go-lucky young man" who was "very sociable and had plenty of friends".

'100% backing'

Speaking outside the court, Mrs Gilson said the verdict was "a good result even though Stuart can't come back".

"[It's] just so wrong, so wrong. Life will never be the same again," she said.

Mrs Gilson launched a campaign to have protective barriers installed between Drypool Bridge and the water's edge and said she received "100%" backing from the coroner.

"I feel very confident that the man is going to sort it," she said.

Mr Saul announced in court that he would write to the landowners to discuss what could be done to prevent future incidents.

Hundreds of people took part in unofficial searches for Mr Gilson, which were co-ordinated on Facebook.

Tributes were left by family and friends on Drypool Bridge, where he was last seen on CCTV on 28 January.

More than 300 people attended his funeral at Hull's Chanterlands Avenue Cemetery last March.

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