A FORMER golf club ladies’ captain died after banging her head on a jetty while on holiday.
Sylvia Pritchard, who previously lived in Wrexham before moving to Oswestry, was staying in the Belek region of Turkey when she suffered the injury which led to a bleed on the brain after jumping into the sea.
At an inquest, North Shropshire coroner John Ellery recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
He said: “I do not believe this was drowning.
“I believe the head injury came after hitting her head on something hard below the water.”
Previously, the hearing was told how the 68-year-old grandmother had been on a golfing holiday in May with her husband John and four friends, including Beryl Aubrey who gave evidence to the inquest.
Mrs Aubrey said: “I watched her climb down the steps before dropping into the water.
“She surfaced, she took a stroke which was very weak and then she flipped over face down.
“Mrs Pritchard was
rushed to Serik Hospital where she died.”
Mr Pritchard, a Vale of Llangollen Golf Club member, said: “I never saw Sylvia go into the water, I heard Beryl ask if she was ok when she was in the water.
“I went to look and asked if she was ok. I told her to come out of the water and then she flipped over.”
He continued: “She went into the water and the jetty was quite a long way out.
“There was a bit of a swell and I think she has gone in and banged her head on something.”
A post-mortem examination in Turkey had ruled Mrs Pritchard died from drowning.
But Mr Ellery overruled that based on a second post-mortem examination, held in the UK.
Mrs Pritchard had four children and six grandchildren.
She was a former ladies’ captain at Henlle Golf Club, near Gobowen.
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