19-year-old diving instructor, whose mother was Princess Diana & # 39; s maid, drowned in Greece
19-year-old diving instructor, whose mother was Princess Diana & # 39; s keeper, drowned in the Greek resort
The teenage son of the teacher of Princess Diana drowned in an attempt a & # 39; free dive & # 39; research on a Greek holiday resort.
Henry Byatt, known as Harry, was a diving instructor at the exclusive Peligoni Club on the island of Zakynthos when he died in August 2017.
The 19-year-old mother, Alexandra, was a childhood friend of Diana and from 1991 to 1997 acted as her maid of honor.
THE teenage son of Princess Diana's subordinate lady drowned in an attempt to & # 39; free dive & # 39; research on a Greek holiday resort. Henry Byatt, known as Harry, was a diving instructor at the exclusive Peligoni Club on the island of Zakynthos when he died in August 2017
She attended a pre-investigation audience on Friday with Harry & # 39; s father Duncan – a senior government official and former chief executive at the foundation of Prince William and Harry – at the Westminster Coroner's Court.
The brief hearing, prior to a full investigation in October, heard that Mr. Byatt might be tired when he decided to dive – an extreme sport with deep diving without equipment.
Senior coroner Dr. Fiona Wilcox said the teenager & # 39; very unwise & # 39; was to take the plunge during a break from work with two other people, suggesting that he was tired and should have taken a rest instead.
The court heard the teen's body at a depth of 100 meters at the bottom of the Ionian Sea in the early afternoon of August 6, 2017.
A police investigation followed Mr. Byatt's death, but Dr. Wilcox said that no charges have been paid and that this will not be reported to the Health and Safety Executive because it was not employed.
& # 39; It was a voluntary activity on his part, even though it was during his working day, & # 39; she said.
The 19-year-old mother, Alexandra, was a childhood friend of Diana and from 1991 to 1997 acted as her maid of honor. Above: the couple at the British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in 1989
& # 39; What happened that day, the search, the rescue, the CPR attempts, whether the watchtower was manned, is relevant and what emergency equipment was available is relevant.
& # 39; He used equipment that was not supplied by the employer and he did something that was not in his normal work.
& # 39; The order of events that Henry was doing that day, with whom he was, with whom he swam when they realized he was missing, how the alarm was sounded, how he was searched – these are the things I'm looking at.
& # 39; Three of them went together. They were diving because they wanted to do it. & # 39;
She added: “People in court are likely to conclude that it was very unwise.
& # 39; He could have chosen to go to his room and lie down and rest. A sensible adult would rest when they were tired. & # 39;
A memorial page has been created online in honor of the former student at Eastbourne College, who describes him as a & # 39; beloved son, brother and friend & # 39 ;.
A statement from the East Sussex college said the community & # 39; deeply sad & # 39; used to be.
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