Haemorrhage led to cliff fall

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A TOURIST died after he suffered a brain haemorrhage while walking along cliff tops at Cowbar, Staithes, a coroner has heard.

Coroner Michael Oakley reopened the inquest into the death of Vijendra Pal, whose body was found on the beach in April.

Consultant pathologist Dr Afaf El-Hag conducted a post-mortem examination and said Mr Pal suffered multiple injuries due to a fall following the brain haemorrhage. She said: “They were consistent with a fall. The haemorrhage happened first.”

She added that the haemorrhage could have caused Mr Pal to collapse and it was most likely that he would have lost consciousness as a result of the condition.

Mr Pal, who lived in Sutton Coldfield, was a 63-year-old software consultant who had recently retired and was a regular visitor to the area.

PS Jonathan Webb, of Whitby Police, said that when Mr Pal was reported missing he was classed as “high risk” because the disappearance was out of character. He said: “He had quite specific routines and he was conversant with the staff – for him to disappear it was out of character.”

Mr Oakley recorded a verdict of death by misadventure and said that the brain haemorrhage, which happened while he was walking along the cliffs at Cowbar, caused him to fall to the beach below.

He said: “It must have been in the area in which his car was found and near to where his body was found on the beach. There’s nothing to suggest, in this evidence, that he’s been in such a way to have been deliberately jumping from the cliff.”