Man died helping wife caught up in a rip tide

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A 69-year-old man died while swimming in the sea in Crete, an inquest heard yesterday.

Keith Waite, of Reading Road, Rowstock, near Didcot, had been on holiday with his wife when he died on Saturday, August 16.

Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard how he had tried to help his wife when they were caught by a rip tide but he was taken out to sea himself and died.

Assistant coroner Alison Thompson said Mr Waite, a chartered accountant, had a history of coronary heart disease, which may have contributed to his death.

The inquest was adjourned but no date has been set for a hearing.

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