Suffolk

Wattisham tractor-in-pond death victim 'had chest pains'

Active Business Centre, Bury St Edmunds
Image caption The inquest, at the Active Business Centre in Bury St Edmunds, heard Richard Clements had complained about chest pains two weeks before the accident

A man found underneath a mini tractor in his garden pond, died from a combination of accidental and natural causes, an inquest heard.

Richard Clements, 61, was discovered by his wife at their home in Wattisham, Suffolk on 13 April.

The inquest heard he had been clearing a bank near the pond.

The post-mortem examination revealed Mr Clements had a pulmonary embolism and heart disease but had also drowned, the Bury St Edmunds hearing was told.

In a statement, Mr Clements' wife Katherine said his head and upper body were submerged and family members and neighbours pulled him from the water, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

She said her husband had complained of chest pains in the two weeks before the accident, but he thought it was indigestion.

If he had felt they were more serious, he would have sought medical help, she said.

Dr Daniel Sharpstone, deputy Suffolk Coroner, recorded a conclusion Mr Clements died from a combination of accidental and natural causes.

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