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THE LATE DlttTWNIXG FATALITY.

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THE LATE DlttTWNIXG FATALITY. THE INQUEST. The inquest on the body of John Ainsley, who on Thursday week last was drowned in the roads outside Barry Dock, was held at the Ship Hotel on Friday morning (the body having been found on the previous day), before Mr. E. B. Reece, district coroner, and a jury, of whom Mr. John Lloyd was chosen foreman. The jury having viewed the body, the followiug evidence was adduced :—Mr. Samuel Harwood, 3, High-street, Barry, pilot, aid he was a bother-in law of the late John Ainsley. who was 30 years of age, followed the calling of boatman, and lived at Barry Dock. He was drowned on the 28th. He was in Guppy's boat at the time, and the boat was a safe boat. The body the jury had seen was the body of John Ainsley.—William John Guppy, 12, Fryatt-street, Barry Dock, boatman, said the deceased was his partner. On the 28th July he and deceased went ont to a ship in the roads at 5.15 a.m. His boat was an open boat with a lug sail. There was a sharp breeze from the east. John Ainsley was at the tiller. The tide was flowing and the sea choppy, and all of a sudden the sea capsized the boat. They hadn't time to let the sail down. He clung to the boat, and Ainsley held on for some time. Thev were about three-quarters of a mile from the breakwater. Ainsley swam to the oars which were floating on the water, and was on the oars for several minutes. He did not see Ainslie sink, as the boat went over again, and when he came up, Ainsley was not to be seen. He could swim. and he was rescued by the crew of the Julia, of Bridgwater, who saw him and put out a boat. He was in the water about an hour, and when they took him out he was very weak. Ainsley had sunk about 20 minutes before he was rescued.—George Thomas Rees, living at Barry, coastguard, said he observed the body about 70 yards off Porthkerry Beach at six o'clock on Thursday morning. He called the assistance of Mr. Thomas Wilson, Coldnap Farm, and launched a boat, and brought it ashore, and sent for the police. He did not know the deceased. On getting the body to the coastguard station it was identified by Mr. Harwood. Police-constable Georsre Barnett took charge of the body. After consideration the jury returned a verdict that the deceased met his death by Accidentally drowned." and the jury added a recommendation that all seafaring men should be swimmers.—The Coroner said it was an astonishing fact that a great many seamen couldl not swim, as he had found in the course of his experience.

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