Derbyshire father died of drowning during fishing trip to France

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An investigation has heard details of when a Derbyshire man drowned after falling from a rowing boat into a lake while on vacation in France.

Frank Cuomo, of Church Broughton, Derbyshire, died in October of last year while fishing with his loved ones just weeks after his 63rd birthday.

No exact details of the location were given during the investigation, however, it was reported elsewhere that the tragedy occurred at the Grande Pierre in Neuves Maison, near Nancy.

The investigation at Derby and Derbyshire Coroners Court learned how Mr. Deromo-born Cuomo was on one of the rowing boats supplied by the owner of the lake when the tragedy struck.

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While on the lake some distance from shore, the boat began to sink underwater.

The daughter of Mr. Cuomo, who was not named, made a statement to the inquiry: “On October 13 of last year, I was in France with dad, another family and friends for a fishing trip. There were six of us in total.

“My father Frank went out on a rowing boat with a single oar and paddled in the middle of the lake.

“As the boat reached the middle, the back of the boat started to sink below the surface of the water.

“Dad was at the front and got up facing the front. I think he didn’t notice 200 yards away (what was going on). The boat continued to sink and rolled slowly, causing Dad to fall. “

“There was no response, he did not seem to grab the oar but seemed to sink underwater.

“Dad didn’t speak all the time. He was a competent swimmer, he waded but never asked for help.

“The wind caused the boat to drift about 150 meters from Dad. “

Mr. Cuomo’s daughter later explained the circumstances that led to the death of her father.

His statement added: “The lake was private property, we arrived late the day before. The next day, we hunted and lost equipment.

“I drove to where the boats were kept with Dad and the owner said we could use the little plastic rowing boat at any time. Because of this, Dad took the boat without asking, no life jacket was provided. “

The Derbyshire Coroners’ Court ruled that Mr. Cuomo’s death was accidental and that the medical cause was drowning.

Assistant Coroner Louise Pinder said, “Frank Cuomo was a competent swimmer but made no attempt to swim to safety, suggesting that he became disabled as a result of an unidentified acute medical episode while he was in the water.

“Unfortunately, he died from a drowning. “

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