Inquest hears granddad drowned in Llanelli's North Dock
A GRANDFATHER whose body was found submerged in water at Llanelli’s North Dock died from drowning, an inquest heard.
Karol Jan Rutkowski, of Ty Alban, Llanelli, was found dead at North Dock on June 17 2013.
An inquest held today at Llanelli Town Hall delivered the determination of the 46-year-old’s death.
Coroner Mark Layton said that in the absence of evidence as to how Mr Rutkowski came to be in the dock, his determination was an “open determination”.
However, Mr Layton said: “In my opinion this is a death due to unnatural causes and the cause of death was drowning.”
The coroner added that the postmortem’s toxicology results showed no excess levels of alcohol in the deceased’s blood.
Coroner’s officer Tudor Rees said that it was believed that there was no third party involvement, no evidence of any recent depression, or any notes left indicating any self-harm issues.
Mr Rees explained the background to the death.
He said that the 46-year-old, who worked for CSA Recruitment Agency, was believed to have been separated from his wife.
“He had recently visited family in Poland and had returned on Friday May 14,” added Mr Rees. “On return he had informed a family member that he was not feeling well.”
The inquest heard that at 6.16pm on Monday June 17, a report had been made that a body had been located submerged in water at North Dock.
Mr Rees said: “PC Lloyd and PC Richards attended the scene at 6.20pm, they were directed to the water’s edge where the body lay face down 15-20 feet into the dock from the water’s edge.”
The inquest heard that the officers had entered the water and turned the body over describing it as a male wearing white trainers, jeans, and an Everlast zip-up jumper.
Mr Rees said: “It was clear that rigor mortis had set in and the male was deceased.”
Paramedics were called to confirm the death, the inquest heard.
The coroner’s officer said that Mr Rutkowski had been living in a flat at Ty Alban since June 9 2011.
The inquest heard that an Irena Durmaj had been the last person in the flats to speak to him when he said “he could do with a bottle”.