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Henry Byatt (photo) died while working as a water sports instructor in the Peligoni club on the island of Zakynthos on August 6, 2017

The teenage son of lady-in-waiting Princess Diana drowned while diving for free in an exclusive Greek resort, was heard today.

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Henry Byatt, 19, died while working as a water sports instructor in the Peligoni club on the island of Zakynthos on August 6, 2017.

His mother Alexandra took the role of maid of honor from 1991 to 1997 for the princess because they were childhood friends.

She attended her son's investigation today with other family members, including her senior civil servant husband Duncan, who works in the cabinet.

Henry, known to his family and friends as Harry, had worked for the Peligoni Club when he decided to go scuba diving with a few friends around 11.30 am.

Henry Byatt (photo) died while working as a water sports instructor in the Peligoni club on the island of Zakynthos on August 6, 2017

Henry Byatt (photo) died while working as a water sports instructor in the Peligoni club on the island of Zakynthos on August 6, 2017

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The teenager was later found at a depth of 30 meters on the sea floor of the Ionian Sea, heard Weston Coroner & # 39; s Court.

He used a monofin but did not wear a life jacket that free divers do not use because the floating aid prevents them from immersing themselves in deep water.

His father Mr Byatt read a moving tribute to the Oxford Brookes University student with a passion for sailing and a & # 39; naughty grin & # 39 ;.

Harry, who was a good student despite struggling with dyslexia, was a positive person who & # 39; lived life to the full & # 39 ;, heard the court.

& # 39; There is also the thoughtful and caring young man, deeply committed to his family, not only to Alexa and Duncan and of course his sister, but also his larger family and grandparents, & # 39; said Mr. Byatt.

& # 39; Although we all fervently desire that the reason we are here today never arose, we should try to take comfort in the fact that Harry did what he loved most, hanging out on the water and living life to the full life. & # 39;

Asked when he last saw his son, Mr. Byatt said: & We had visited him the week before and spent one and a half days with us on the boat we were on.

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& # 39; We went to see what Shipwreck Bay on the north side of the island is called. & # 39;

Mr. Byatt added that his son was going to snorkel the anchor of their boat with a monofin, a pinball attached to both feet of a diver.

& # 39; I looked very carefully to see if he had faith in it and saw that he had faith in it, & # 39; said Mr. Byatt.

Henry & # 39; s mother, Alexandra, was a childhood friend of Diana and acted as her maid of honor. Above: The couple at the British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in 1989

Henry & # 39; s mother, Alexandra, was a childhood friend of Diana and acted as her maid of honor. Above: The couple at the British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in 1989

Henry & # 39; s mother, Alexandra, was a childhood friend of Diana and acted as her maid of honor. Above: The couple at the British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in 1989

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& # 39; I remember saying to him & # 39; be careful if you use them, they are more powerful than normal flippers & # 39 ;.

Dr. Wilcox asked him: & # 39; Although I understand that he had many qualifications in sailing, what about deep water diving? & # 39;

& # 39; I don't believe he was formally trained, & # 39; Mr. Byatt replied.

Mr. Byatt said he and his wife had noticed that Harry was tired & # 39; tired & # 39; looked with & # 39; bags under his eyes & # 39 ;.

Senior coroner Dr. Fiona Wilcox asked Detective Sergeant Jack Lyle, who investigated Harry's death: & I understand that the local Greek authority, the port authority, has conducted an investigation into his death. & # 39;

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& # 39; That's right, & # 39; said DS Lyle.

But the authority concluded that because Harry didn't have a break in his job, it wasn't a health and safety issue.

A post-mortem performed on the island concluded that Harry & # 39; s cause of death & # 39; drowned in seawater & # 39 ;.

Before the accident, Harry had swum into the sea with his friends who also worked at the resort, Emily Lloyd and Will Robson.

Mrs. Lloyd told the court that the group went into the water because there was nothing wrong at the time & # 39 ;.

Alexandra Byatt
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Alexandra Byatt

Duncan Byatt

Duncan Byatt

Henry & # 39; s parents Alexandra Byatt (shown on the left) and Duncan Byatt (on the right) are arriving today at Westminster Coroners & # 39; Court

& # 39; We were going to have some fun, some filming and swimming, & # 39; she said. & # 39; Harry was diving, I remember picking things up at the bottom of the sea. & # 39;

She said she eventually left the other two and went onshore looking for a missing ring. She said that Mr. Robson came out and asked if she had seen Will.

Former RAF doctor tried to save his life

A former RAF doctor explained how, after a diving accident, he tried to save the life of Princess Diana's lady in the waiting teenage son.

Dr. Martin McGrath hurled & # 39; unhelpful & # 39; Greek paramedics who needed 40 minutes to get to the site and & # 39; not interested & # 39; to help CPR the tragic 19-year-old Henry Byatt.

Henry, known to friends and family as Harry, worked as a diving instructor at the Peligoni Club on the Greek island of Zakynthos when he died during & # 39; free diving & # 39; in August 2017.

His mother, Alexandra, was a childhood friend of Diana and acted as her maid of honor from 1991 to 1997.

Dr. McGrath, who was on vacation at a nearby villa, told Westminster Coroner & # 39; s Court that the cause of Harry & # 39; s death is likely & # 39; shallow water drowning or cramping & # 39; used to be.

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But he added: & # 39; It's just speculation – I don't think there's a way to know. & # 39;

He told how he was done and waited with three other doctors for Harry to be brought ashore.

Dr. McGrath said: & I understood that he had been down for about 15 minutes at that time, so we knew there were no signs of life.

& # 39; But I didn't want to scare anyone. & # 39;

He said that they resuscitate immediately, but that & # 39; never & # 39; signs of life.

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Asked how long it took for an ambulance to arrive, he said: & I think it was about 40 minutes – it was a long time.

& # 39; Oxygen was all they had, it was very rudimentary.

& # 39; The ambulance crew was not useful in terms of their communication skills and the equipment they had.

& # 39; They had no interest in helping us with CPR. & # 39;

& # 39; I was fairly detached from the situation at that time & # 39 ;, Mrs. Lloyd added. & # 39; I thought he should come and have lunch. & # 39;

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Several young resort workers swam into the sea to look for him, but Mr. Robson was shocked to see Harry & # 39; s body at the bottom of the seabed.

Fellow instructor Will Robson told the investigation that he believed that another member of the beach team, Edward Cobb, had manned the watchtower when Harry disappeared.

But Mr. Cobb, at the request of senior coroner Fiona Wilcox, was it likely that no one was in the watchtower when you arrived at 12 or 12.30? Said: & # 39; Yes, it's likely that this is the case – but I could not say that for sure. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; If there was no one, there would be because there was either no one in the water or because only human error might be.

& # 39; Sometimes, not at all often, but there were occasions when no one was in the watchtower.

& # 39; I believe I will get a car out of a ditch in this villa around noon to 12.30 pm. When I walked to the beach, I couldn't tell you (who was in the watchtower).

& # 39; When Will told me we had not seen Harry, I immediately ran to the tower. My thoughts were not bad, I thought I'd find Harry. & # 39;

Mr. Cobb said it was between 15 and 20 minutes between calling & # 39; Harry is lost & # 39; and that his body is taken out of the water.

He added: & # 39; It was definitely long enough for us to know it was serious, but not too long to have lost hope as a team. & # 39;

He answered & # 39; correct & # 39; when asked if he in turn assisted in giving Harry CPR.

Diver Louis Gorridge told the investigation that he tried everything he could to save Harry.

He told Westminster Coroner & # 39; s Court how he risked his own safety when he tried to save Harry & # 39; s life after he found him 32 meters below sea level.

Gorridge, the club's most experienced free diver and the & # 39; head beach boy and team coordinator & # 39 ;, said: & # 39; he would ask to come with me. I don't claim to be a professional or something, but I have done that for a while.

& # 39; I was aware that he had gone alone, but the first line I told him is never to go alone – but if you want to try it, do small distances where you are able to go back to to reach the surface.

Henry, known to his family and friends as Harry, had worked for the Peligoni Club when he decided to go scuba diving with a few friends around 11.30 am.

Henry, known to his family and friends as Harry, had worked for the Peligoni Club when he decided to go scuba diving with a few friends around 11.30 am.

Henry, known to his family and friends as Harry, had worked for the Peligoni Club when he decided to go scuba diving with a few friends around 11.30 am.

& # 39; He used the monofin because he asked to try. He was just a beginner, but he was good at it. & # 39;

He said they were 15 meters & # 39; at the absolute maximum & # 39; went with Harry.

Senior coroner Fiona Wilcox said that Harry was found 32 meters away and asked him & how does that sound to you? & # 39;

He said: & # 39; I don't think I've ever done a 32 meter – 32 meters is a pretty advanced depth. I would never do that on my own. & # 39;

Gorridge said it took about 11 or 12 minutes for him to be told that Harry had been found and that he was restoring his body in diving gear.

He said: & # 39; I screamed at someone to give me an anchor and a line and delved into it. Another beach boy picked me up in a rib. Of course I didn't have my stuff, Harry had my stuff.

& # 39; I looked down and when I put my head in the water, I saw that Harry was the size of a miniature. I knew it was Harry because I could see my fin and the color of his shorts.

& # 39; I held the anchor and told the boys with me to see how far I could go. I think I'm probably halfway there.

& # 39; I had not prepared myself and I had a lot of adrenaline. I knew there would be another incident. I was probably the most confident free diver there. Even with preparation, it is still a substantial dive.

& # 39; I immediately jumped back in the rib and told Han (Alexander Hanbury) to return to the harbor as quickly as possible. & # 39;

He said that his advanced diving qualification allowed him to dive to a depth of 25 meters.

He added: & # 39; I remember I had collected Harry and my mask was about three meters to his right. I should have come up slower than my bubbles to be safe.

& # 39; I don't think we could have done much more to make it faster. & # 39;

He said that Harry showed no signs of consciousness, nor & # 39; any signs of life & # 39; after his body had recovered from the sea.

The investigation continues.

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