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INQUEST: Bethesda woman drowned after going to check water pipe

Published date: 11 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A FORMER high-flying financier drowned in a mountain stream after checking the water supply behind her home, two days before Christmas.

At an inquest at Llangefni coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones ruled that Mrs Susan Hewitt, aged 49, of Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, died accidentally after falling into the stream.

She'd drowned in the narrow stream, swollen after recent storms, and he believed she'd slipped because it was wet and marshy underfoot.

Mrs Hewitt, popular and well known, who leaves a husband and two sisters, had been a stockbroker and was a former vice president of Deutsche Bank.

The inquest heard that her home and others received their water supply from a stream, and it entered a collection tank through a pipe.

Sometimes the pipe could be dislodged in rough weather and she would check it up to three times a day.

Ian McMillan, who lodged with Mrs Hewitt and her husband Maeyc at Nant Ffrancon, said when she did not return he went to look for her and spotted her in the river.

Mr McMillan dragged Mrs Hewitt out and gave CPR but could not revive her, although she still felt warm.

Mr McMillan said: "I can only speculate she may well have slipped, it was very wet on the bank on either side."
 

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