A mum drowned trying to save her son and his friend when they became separated from their sea kayak, an inquest has heard.
Teacher Danielle Chilvers, 37, of Swaffham in Norfolk, was trying to rescue the boys who had lost the vessel and were floating away from each other in the choppy water.
Two people who were on the beach described how they saw the two boys in the sea at Waxham and swam out to rescue them on 9 August this year.
They fought to bring them safely to shore and did so, exhausted.
They were then told a woman was in the water and a surfer swam out and brought her to land on his board.
Efforts were made to resuscitate her, but the mother-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene. She died by misadventure, Wednesday’s inquest in Norwich concluded.
Chris Gribble and Pasco Kevlin told how they went into the water and rescued the two boys.
In a statement read by the coroner’s officer, Mr Gribble said he saw two boys who had lost contact with their yellow sea kayak.
He said he was “immediately worried” and the boat was “bobbing away from them”.
He and Mr Kevlin went into the sea to help the boys.
“They were both distressed and calling for help,” said Mr Gribble. “I shouted to Pasco to go and help the boy closer to the shore.”
He said he tried to use the sea kayak in the rescue but it got swept away by a large wave.
“The breakwater was really rough and I soon realised we weren’t making progress, the riptide was keeping us out,” he said, adding the boys were “panicky but very brave”.
Describing the conditions, Mr Kevlin said: “Waves were coming at us from every direction and the sea was ferocious.
“Between Chris and I, we got the boys to the shore.”
Both men described struggling against the current.
Norfolk’s senior coroner Jacqueline Lake said: “This is a very tragic death and demonstrates the dangers of our coastline.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped and risked their own lives, including those who were on the beach on the day and the coastguards and lifeboat service.”
Recording a conclusion of misadventure on Ms Chilvers’s death, she added: “I’m satisfied from the evidence I’ve heard that this was the unintended outcome of an intended action.”
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