Inquest opens into death of Barking man whose body was found in a Dagenham lake
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An inquest has been opened into the death of a man whose body was discovered in a lake.
Christopher Knowles of Maud Gardens, Barking, was reported missing after last being seen at The Chase Nature Reserve in Dagenham on March 1 where he had been taken for a night fishing trip.
The alarm was raised after a lake manager spotted the 43-year-old's fishing gear left unattended, the opening of an inquest into Christopher's death at Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard today (May 23).
His body was found when a dog ran into the lake on March 18 during a walk at the reserve after becoming distracted by something in the water.
A post mortem at Queen's Hospital in Romford gave the cause of death as drowning and epileptic seizure.
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Assistant coroner, Ian Wade QC, said: "Death by drowning is plainly an unnatural cause so an inquest is required."
Mr Wade called for evidence to be sought from the ambulance service, Christopher's family and eyewitnesses.
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The inquest is due to begin on August 30.