No clue why man was in sea

Police at the scene in Lytham
Police at the scene in Lytham
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A family will never know “how or why” a man who drowned on the beach came to be in the sea, an inquest heard.

The body of Michael Currie, 39, was found around half a mile away from Lytham windmill, on the foreshore, on March 8.

At a coroners court hearing into the death yesterday, senior coroner Alan Wilson said it was impossible to know how or why Mr Currie, of Bright Street, South Shore, came to be on the foreshore.

But, it was agreed by witnesses, the high levels of drink and drugs in his system had certainly played a part in him being there.

Mr Currie was known to suffer schizophrenia and be a drinker, the court heard.

A restaurant owner told police Mr Currie had been in his premises on Clifton Steet “drunk” the night before the body was found, at 8.30pm.

Shortly before 2pm the next day a dog walker made the grim discovery. Det Insp Gareth Willis said: “I’m unable to say how or why he came to be in the water but I’m satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.”

A toxicology report found traces of alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis and three types of prescription drugs, administered for mental health problems, in Mr Currie’s system. Giving a narrative verdict, Mr Wilson said: “Having last been seen alive in an intoxicated state, Michael Currie was found deceased on the beach. Although he had been immersed in the water for some time, it cannot be established why or how he came to be in the sea.”

The medical cause of death was drowning.