A gifted artist was dragged into the ocean by an enormous wave as she begged her boyfriend to avoid wasting her after she waded into the water throughout a row, an inquest heard.
Bethany Skinner, 22, and her boyfriend Philip Erickson had been kicked out of the Sheiks nightclub in Bognor Regis following a livid argument on February 24, 2019.
The couple had walked alongside the promenade earlier than Miss Skinner, who couldn’t swim, marched throughout the seashore to the water’s edge and waded into the ocean.
Mr Erickson, a former lifeguard, adopted her as she shouted at him to go away her alone, however she was hit by a big wave and swept down into the water.
The inquest in Crawley, West Sussex heard how Mr Erickson bumped into the ocean and tried to rescue Miss Skinner as she pleaded with him: ‘I am unable to swim. Do not let me drown.’
Bethany Skinner, 22, and her boyfriend Philip Erickson had been kicked out of the Sheiks nightclub in Bognor Regis following a livid argument on February 24, 2019
The couple had walked alongside the promenade earlier than Miss Skinner, who couldn’t swim, marched throughout the seashore to the water’s edge and waded into the ocean. Pictured: Miss Skinner
However regardless of managing to seize his girlfriend on just a few events, the listening to was informed the surf was too sturdy and Mr Erickson finally misplaced his grip.
He informed the inquest: ‘All of it occurred so shortly. The waves had been sturdy. I might by no means seen waves prefer it. I attempted to get her.
‘There have been occasions I had her. I had her by her arm and I attempted to seize her by the waist and put her over me and swim however I could not maintain maintain.’
As she was dragged away, Mr Erickson left the ocean and ran up the seashore in direction of to Sheik’s nightclub to lift the alarm.
The coastguard was known as and the doormen who had ejected them from the membership rushed right down to see if they might assist.
Miss Skinner was dragged by the sturdy present beneath Bognor Pier however doorman Gareth Jones noticed her floating within the water and pointed a torch at her so lifeboat rescuers may find her.
The listening to was informed the ocean was extraordinarily tough and it took the lifeboat 12 minutes to succeed in the scene. The crew additionally struggled for a number of minutes to land the boat.
Miss Skinner was handled by paramedics on the seashore earlier than being rushed to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester the place she died two days later.
Ian Wheaton, representing Miss Skinner’s household, informed the inquest she was ‘scared of water.’
In an announcement, the household stated: ‘Beth was a gorgeous younger lady. She was cheeky and vivacious as a toddler.
‘She graduated in advantageous artwork from Plymouth College in 2018 with a first-class diploma. She was very creative and beloved to precise herself by artwork.
‘The household can not perceive what occurred to finish her life on that night time and can at all times be plagued by this.’
Alicia Eager, assistant coroner for West Sussex, stated Miss Skinner’s demise was ‘undoubtedly a tragedy’
A put up mortem later discovered she had suffered catastrophic mind injury resulting from a scarcity of oxygen.
The inquest was informed Miss Skinner had additionally suffered a number of bruising together with one above her eye.
Her household questioned whether or not the bruising she suffered may have been sustained in an earlier assault.
Nevertheless, Sussex Police investigated the claims however may discover no proof to help the speculation.
The inquest was informed she may have suffered the accidents as she was dragged beneath Bognor Pier as she was swept by the sturdy present.
The coroner was informed Miss Skinner, who was initially from Taunton, had met Mr Erickson at whereas they had been each working as bar tenders at Butlins in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
The 22-year-old, who was a eager horse-rider and had just lately graduated from Plymouth College with a first-class diploma in advantageous artwork, was resulting from journey to China the next month the place she had secured a job educating youngsters.
She had been working at Butlins to lift cash and had been had been seeing Mr Erickson for round three months. They recurrently went out collectively for nights within the city.
On the night time of the tragedy, the pair had gone out with a gaggle of male buddies and began ingesting in Wetherspoon’s earlier than heading to Sheik’s nightclub on the seafront.
The group continued to drink and dance however someday after midnight Miss Skinner and her boyfriend had been concerned in a livid row within the membership.
Doormen had been known as after Mr Erickson was seen grabbing at her arm and the pair had been ejected from the membership.
As they had been being thrown out Miss Skinner turned to a doorman and stated: ‘He is been a c**t and I have been attempting to please him all night time however I am unable to get something proper.’
The pair continued their argument alongside the seafront with Miss Skinner strolling forward as Mr Erickson tried to catch up.
He informed the listening to: ‘I used to be attempting to shout at her to settle down and she or he was attempting to shout at me to go away her alone.
‘She went into the ocean. She was stood as much as her shins. She couldn’t swim correctly and I knew this. Then a wave got here and it is knocked her a bit and that is once I’ve run into the ocean.’
The inquest heard Mr Erickson tried to seize maintain of her she pleaded with him saying: ‘I am unable to swim. Do not let me drown.’
Nevertheless the ocean was extraordinarily tough and Mr Erickson couldn’t maintain onto her and finally swam again to shore and ran off to lift the alarm.
Alicia Eager, assistant coroner for West Sussex, stated her demise was ‘undoubtedly a tragedy.’
Concluding the inquest, she stated: ‘On this case you may by no means be 100 per cent certain what occurred.
‘They did find yourself on the seashore. The climate was very windy. It was excessive water springs, it was the largest tides of the 12 months.’
She stated it was not a deliberate act and concluded it was an ‘unintended’ demise.