Brit bride drowns on honeymoon after cooling off in the sea

Ruth Doherty

A 42-year-old pub landlady named Sharon Duval drowned on a belated honeymoon in the Maldives after wading into the sea to cool off a sunburned bottom, an inquest heard today.

Sharon and her husband Nicholas had decided to take a belated honeymoon to Kerudu island in October because both had been suffering from stress after buying the Highwayman pub in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

They had both been enjoying an evening of dinner and drinks at a restaurant, but Sharon left complaining about the burns. She was not seen again until another holidaymaker found her body in shallow waters close to the beach.

On the day of her death, they had spent time on the beach and Sharon burned her bottom after hitching in the sides of her bikini.

'She told me it was really uncomfortable. It was absolutely bright red,' Mr Duval told the inquest.
That evening they enjoyed drinks with another honeymooning couple at a restaurant but Sharon was still in pain.

'I think she went into the sea and maybe fell over and maybe became disorientated,' said her husband.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had drowned. Her blood alcohol level was three-and-a-half times over the drink driving limit.

According to the Metro, Oxfordshire coroner Nicholas Gardiner said: 'It is most likely she wandered into the water and possibly was knocked over by a wave or more likely she tripped and in her state of confusion was unable to recover herself.'

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

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