Clitheroe woman’s stream death ‘accidental’

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An inquest in Kendal has 
recorded a verdict of accidental death on a 49-year-old Clitheroe woman who was found lying in a Lake District stream earlier this year.

Alisa Gordon was discovered by her husband, David, and his sister lying on her back in Glencoyne Beck, Glenridding, at about 6 pm on April 1st. She was suffering from hypothermia and died the next day in Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, having been airlifted there.

A doctor who conducted a post-mortem examination told the inquest it was likely that Mrs Gordon would have had more than four times the legal driving limit of alcohol in her blood at the time she was found.

She had left the holiday cottage where she and her husband were staying at around noon, saying she was going for a walk. However, her husband told the inquest that Mrs Gordon had a history of psychological problems stemming from a childhood trauma and would turn to drink in times of stress.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Mr Ian Smith said it appeared Mrs Gordon had stumbled or fallen into the stream and been there for some time, the effects of the cold water worsened by the alcohol in her system.