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Fleet father-of-two 'drowned' after falling into canal

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Fleet father-of-two 'drowned' after falling into canal

Published at 12:39pm 20th June 2017.

A father-of-two from Fleet whose body was found in Basingstoke Canal in May, drowned after 'slipping or falling' into the water, an inquest has found.

45 year-old Mark Baldwin went out for a run on Sunday May 14 taking the family dog with him, but never returned home.

Two days later his body was recovered from the canal, after 12 police officers scanned the area.

PC Paul Boulton said the team started the search at 10am on Tuesday May 16.

Half an hour in he said his left foot felt an obstruction under water, with his left hand he then reached in and lifted the body of Mark Baldwin. 

At that point, the search team were about 1.5 meters deep.

By 10:33am, his body had been recovered onto the bank.

The inquest's coroner, Andrew Bradley said Mr Baldwin had not had a heart attack and there were no other medical issues.

He also confirmed that no alcohol or drugs were found inside his body.

"There was no sign of him trying to get out" he said.

Mark's wife, Helen Molyneux-Baldwin was present at the inquest and explained how he was a keen jogger, going running twice a week.

Three weeks before today's inquest, she told Eagle: "It was just so obviously unexpected, it just completely broke us."

Shortly after her husband's death, Helen vowed to keep Mark's legacy alive by continuing a dream that he never got time to carry out.

That was to start his own cycling brand, with profits raised going to charity.


Mark Baldwin

Helen has since been carrying this dream out for him, by setting up Eat Cake Tri Cycling.

She told Eagle: "I wanted to do something that the whole community could be a part of.

"When Mark went missing, everybody went out looking for him and people that didn't know Mark went out looking for him in the night with torches.

"It was something that we thought everyone could get involved in and would be really positive for the community as well as to keep Mark's memory alive."


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