Accidental verdict after man fell in river

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A 25-year-old Boston man who was found dead in the River Witham was the victim of an accidental death, a coroner has determined.

Tom Hopkins’ body was discovered in the river near to the yacht club at Witham Bank West on Sunday, September 30.

Police had been called to the scene following reports that a man had fallen off a boat and was missing in the water.

After reading the papers related to Mr Hopkins’ death on Friday last week, Paul Cooper, who is the deputy coroner for South Lincolnshire, said the young man died as a result of drowning. At the inquest, at Spalding Magistrates’ Court, he recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Hopkins lived on his narrow boat Louise, which was moored at Witham Bank.

Following his death, comments were left on The Standard’s Facebook page in tribute to the river resident.

One woman said: “Such a sad loss. You had your whole life ahead of you. R.I.P. Tom.”

Another person wrote: “R.I.P Tom. A great friend taken from us too soon.”