A widespread search to locate Matthew was launched late at night on the 26th May.

A man whose body was recovered from the sea off Yarmouth did not die under suspicious circumstances, an inquest into his death heard.

Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat was tasked on the 20th of June last year after 41-year-old Matthew Nimsil Christopher Doyle’s body was discovered floating 2 miles South of the Needles. It followed a widespread search to find Matthew after he was reported missing on the 26th of May 2020.

The inquest heard that a number of fishermen on Yarmouth Pier had seen Mr Doyle on the evening of the 25th May, with the last sighting of him being in the early hours of the following day.

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His behaviour had been described as odd and erratic, and a bag of his belongings had been left on the pier. Witnesses who knew him were of mixed opinion as to whether he had been drunk or affected by drugs at the time of his last sighting.

A toxicology report found evidence of cocaine and alcohol use, though a post mortem was unable to conclude his cause of death due to advanced decomposition.

HM Coroner, Caroline Sumeray, gave an open conclusion as she could not determine how his death came about, and whether he accidentally or deliberately ended up in the water, but did comment that she believed his behaviour was not rational or of somebody who was completely sober.


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