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River Bure swimmer 'caught boat propeller' and bled to death

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image captionSimon Houlder was in the River Bure, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, when he suffered a serious cut to his leg

A swimmer bled to death in a boating accident, having caught his leg on the vessel's propeller, the BBC understands.

An inquest heard Simon Houlder suffered a serious cut to his leg in the River Bure in Norfolk and died the day before his 30th birthday.

His cause of death on 15 September was a haemorrhage caused by severe blood loss, the hearing was told.

It was opened and adjourned for a full inquest on 16 December.

The RNLI crew had told the BBC Mr Houlder's leg was thought to have caught the propeller of the vessel.

The 29-year-old, from Selby in North Yorkshire, was airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard helicopter and later died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.