Sharon Duval and her husband, who together ran the Highwayman pub in Kidlington, visited the resort in early October last year. Her body was found on the seashore.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam told Minivan News at the time that Duval had been observed drinking at the resort’s bar until late in the evening prior to her death.
The inquest heard that on the night of her death the Duvals had been socialising with another couple, however when the group finished drinking Sharon Duval decided to walk back to her room in a different direction to the others.
“Sharon had her own mind and she would do things her own way, so we left in two different directions,” her husband told the court.
Nick Duval dozed off while waiting for Sharon’s return, but at 4:00am reported her missing and began a concerted search of the island.
“I looked everywhere, I walked up and down that island, checked every sun lounger I could find, looked under the hedges and the bushes, went to the ladies’ toilet, walked into the gents’ toilet. I walked all around, just kept looking and looking – I never expected she would be in the sea,” the Oxford Mail reported Duval as saying.
While he was searching, Sharon Duval’s body was found by another tourist, Nigel Bower, who told the court he was walking along the beach with his family looking for crabs by torchlight.
Kuredhoo staff informed Duval of his wife’s death and her body was returned to the UK for a postmortem, which revealed that her blood alcohol concentration was three and a half times the legal UK driving limit.
According to the Oxford Mail, Nick Duval had admitted to the court that he had once been arrested after an argument between the couple ended violently.
The court also heard that the deceased had been taking medication for depression since 2004, and in 2009 had overdosed on Paracentemol and Ibuprofen due to work-related stress “and her volatile relationship with her partner”.
However the postmortem ruled out “any third party involvement” and gave the cause of death as accidental drowning with a contribution of alcohol intoxication.
11 thoughts on “Death of tourist at Kuredhoo Island Resort last year was accidental, finds UK inquest”
maybe this may serve as a lesson for all the drunkards hanging around.
Keep your fanatical thoughts to yourself.
My sympathies to the families concerned and it's really tragic that this had to happen whilst they were here.
At that blood alcohol level, as a woman, she would be certainly be classed as drunk, possibly drunk and incapable. It was stated in the UK press that the sea was "rough", but in all my visits to the Maldives I have never seen "rough sea" on a resort island beach. There was no mention in the media here of the argument. The coroner said ‘It is most likely that she wandered into the water and possibly was knocked over by a wave or more likely she tripped and in her state of confusion was unable to recover herself.’
@Ahmed Bin Addu Bin Suvadheeb
u secularist drunkards, drink, drink and get yourself killed. the fewer you are, the better. because of you sickos we are not able to have decent life here. stabbing ppl on the street, raping people, stealing money,etc.. to name a few crimes you do with your bottles.
shaf on Thu, 31st Mar 2011 10:50 PM
"u secularist drunkards, drink, drink and get yourself killed. the fewer you are, the better. because of you sickos we are not able to have decent life here. stabbing ppl on the street, raping people, stealing money,etc.."
Sorry Shaf, you have confused me with that comment! From reading Minivan news that seems to be EXACTLY what some Islamist Maldivians do to pass the time there!
Maldives climate is very dangerous for those who consume heavily alcohol. However most of British tourists who visit Maldives with all-inclusive basis are the champions of drinking. Some just drink until doctor visits. I must also emphasise... that British tourists are my best friends among all the tourists that visits Maldives. According to the post mortem examination revealed she had drowned. But her blood alcohol was 3 ½ times the drunk driving level – at 286mg/dl. So sad but the real fact is very clear isn’t it. I send my sincere sympathy for the person and the family involved in this very tragic event.
Even the best swimmers can have problems against strong currents, and well, if you seriously drunk, the chances of you drowning, even if there are no strong currents do exist. This is especially when you're alone. I guess she was very unfortunate. The resorts should also start monitoring their beaches and all late at night to prevent such things from happening in the future.
"because of you sickos we are not able to have decent life here".
I think not. The only life you have is due to the tourist dollars that filter in from the very drunks you are abusing.
However, your ignorance is no surprise.
@Ahmed Bin Addu Bin Suvadheeb
i was talking abt the drunks in our midst.
dnt try to twist what i said
well..what about the sick drug addicts roaming about freely in maldives and harrassing people and comitting all sort of cromes are they good enough,president of maldives is also not taking action as it seems he is also invoved in the same,but nobody is concerned about that and people are telling stories about drunkards..shameful people
i found that most drunks in maldives r real muslims (who believe they will go to hell- have passed the point of no return)
so yeah Maldivian drunks r real bad cause they got nothing to lose
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