Blackpool chippy worker Alex Gibson drowned after getting into trouble in the Irish Sea

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Alex Gibson died in July after entering the Irish Sea at Blackpool

 

Alex Gibson worked at C Fresh chippy in Blackpool
Alex Gibson worked at C Fresh chippy in Blackpool

A chip shop worker died by drowning after entering the sea off Blackpool, a pre-inquest review has heard.

Alex Gibson, 22, died after getting into trouble in the Irish Sea in July this year.

Senior Coroner Alan Wilson told the hearing that a full inquest into his death will take place in January.

A review hearing took place in Blackpool today (December 2) and heard that a pathologist had confirmed the medical cause of death as drowning.

However, the question of how Alex came to his death has not yet been fully answered, with family members questioning details such as various timings given during the coroner’s investigation.

Mr Taylor explained to the court that inquests are held in response to unnatural or unexpected deaths and that is why his office had been asked to investigate Alex’s. He said that it’s purpose is to identify who died and where and when they died; to identify the most likely medical cause of death; and to identify how the death came about.

He said a full inquest is likely to be held in January to allow more time to answer the family’s questions. At that hearing, a number of witnesses will be asked to give evidence.

These include Lancashire Constabulary’s senior investigating officer; two of Alex’s friends who had been with him earlier that night; the pathologist who determined the medical cause of death; an RNLI representative; and two people who did not know Alex but saw him in danger and called the police.

Alex worked at C Fresh Fish and Chips in Lytham Road before he passed away, with the shop shutting for the day after hearing about his death.

At the time, it was reported that Alex had entered the sea to save another person in difficulty. The full inquest will determine whether this was the case.

In a tribute, the business posted: “Alex was truly an amazing young man. All his friends would agree that he was intelligent, hardworking, pleasant, caring , and literally wouldn’t hurt a fly. He is a true hero, drowned sacrificing his life to help another. He was loved by all his work colleagues, and we miss him terribly. Tragically taken at 22. My heart goes out to all his family.”

A GoFundMe page was created by Blackpool pub boss Hamish Howitt to raise funds for Alex’s family and help pay for funeral costs.

Hamish wrote: “The beautiful Alex Gibson, 22, a true hero sacrificed his life last night in Blackpool, rescuing a boy from the sea. A beautiful, caring, loving, son, brother and friend to all who knew him. Please help by donating for a beautiful send off for a true hero. First £500 will be donated by our family. God bless to all.”

To date, more than £6,300 has been raised.