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Andy Critchett, pictured with his wife Lesley, was swept off his feet by a flood while wading into the sea

British holiday maker said: & # 39; I am in a place & # 39; before being swept to the sea by a tear stream and drowning as family slams resort to & # 39; swimmers don't warn of dangers & # 39;

  • Andrew Critchett, 49, waded into the sea with friends at a resort in Sri Lanka
  • They were swept off their feet by a strong wave and Mr. Critchett was dragged inside
  • His body was found 15 meters off the coast, but could not be revived, the research heard
  • His wife criticized the resort and said there were no defibrillators or lifeguards
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The family of a British holiday maker who drowned in Sri Lanka has criticized the resort for not warning the guests of the serious dangers and the lack of security measures.

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An investigation in Ruthin, North Wales, heard that Andrew Critchett, 49, waded into the sea with two friends as they were wiped off by a strong wave of their feet and then struggled against a tidal wave.

Halford's manager was a strong swimmer, but while being swept, he called to his friend Tommy Robinson: & I think I'm worried about something. & # 39;

Andy Critchett, pictured with his wife Lesley, was swept off his feet by a flood while wading into the sea

Andy Critchett, pictured with his wife Lesley, was swept off his feet by a flood while wading into the sea

Robinson, from Wigan, dragged himself ashore while hotel staff and local people tried to find Mr Critchett on Bentota beach.

His body was eventually seen only 15 meters off the coast, but despite desperate efforts from his other friend, Leicestershire police officer Zane Jenkins, and a nurse, he could not be revived.

Critchett and his wife Lesley, who had been married for 23 years, stayed in October 2018 at the Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa on the Bentota Peninsula, with Mr. Robinson and his wife Joanne.

They became friends with Mr. Jenkins and his partner Ebony Stevens, who were about to return home the next day when the three men decided to take a walk in the sea.

The water was described as & # 39; jerky & # 39; and a red flag indicating that everyone who entered the water flew at their own risk.

& # 39; We all knew how strong the waves were and all jumped up and down & # 39 ;, said Mr. Jenkins in a statement to the Sri Lankan police.

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A particularly strong wave overtook them and they were pulled under it.

Andy and Lesley were married for 23 years

Andy and Lesley were married for 23 years

Mr Critchett is an experienced diver but was swept away by the sea

Mr Critchett is an experienced diver but was swept away by the sea

Critchett and his wife Lesley, who have been married for 23 years, stayed at the Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa on the Bentota Peninsula

They laughed about it, but then it turned out Mr. Critchett, an experienced diver, in trouble.

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While his wife, who had taken pictures of them, ran to the hotel for help, the two men tried to reach him and very quickly the hotel staff arrived and got rid of their underpants.

Mr. Jenkins said: & I felt that he did not want to admit that he was having a hard time.

& # 39; The waves had become dramatically worse and the staff and locals were struggling. & # 39;

After he pulled ashore, Mr. Robinson said: & # 39; I got so close to him. & # 39;

Mrs. Critchett was not present at the investigation, but in a statement, local men said her husband was the third person to be pulled out of the water in the same area.

The water on the beach of Bentota (photo) in Sri Lanka was described as & # 39; jerky & # 39; and a red flag indicating that everyone who entered the water did so at their own risk
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The water on the beach of Bentota (photo) in Sri Lanka was described as & # 39; jerky & # 39; and a red flag indicating that everyone who entered the water did so at their own risk

The water on the beach of Bentota (photo) in Sri Lanka was described as & # 39; jerky & # 39; and a red flag indicating that everyone who entered the water did so at their own risk

Members of his family, who did not want to be mentioned, said they were worried that there were no lifeguards and no safety equipment, and the hotel did not have a defibrillator.

John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, concluded on accidental death and said his jurisdiction was not intended to make recommendations in such situations.

But he added: & # 39; Travel agencies and vacation companies conduct reviews and inspections and these things can be emphasized. & # 39;

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