The father of a little boy who drowned while out on a fishing trip broke down at his inquest saying his death ‘plays over every day’ in his mind.

Lucas Dobson, six, was swept away by the current in the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, on 17 August, while fishing with his dad.

His pre-inquest review on Tuesday heard he had tried jumping from a jetty on to a boat but fell into the water and did not have a life jacket to support him.

The schoolboy’s father Nathan dived into the river to save him but Lucas – whose mother Kirsty Furze said was ‘not a strong swimmer’ – was found five days later after a major search mission involving drones, helicopters, specialist divers and the fire service.

A full inquest which will establish how Lucas’s tragic death occurred will be held in the new year, but at the hearing in Maidstone, Kent, yesterday, Nathan burst into tears as the coroner asked those present to give their names.



He was asked to provide a full written statement to the inquest, further to a brief one taken shortly after Lucas’s death.

Nathan told coroner Joanne Andrews: ‘I can do it, it’s fine.

‘I know what happened that day. It plays over every day.’

At the pre-inquest hearing decisions were made regarding which witnesses may be called to give evidence at the full inquest.

Mr Ben Leb, a barrister representing Lucas’ mum Kirsty Furze, who was not present at the hearing, requested for three people who were with Lucas and his father Nathan at the time of the tragic accident to give evidence.

The coroner said they must provide statements in writing within 14 days.

Mr Leb said there are ‘inconsistencies’ in the statements given from the time of Lucas’s death.

He told the court: ‘What is not, in my submission, entirely clear from the statements is where exactly were these individuals standing at the time when Lucas went into the water.’

Mr Leb said he wanted to know who exactly went into the water to try to rescue Lucas.



The coroner adjourned the inquest until the statements had been given but did not give a date for it to open.

She told Nathan she wanted to ‘give him the closure’ that he seeks.

At a previous hearing, Lucas’s provisional cause of death was given as immersion.

The tragedy sparked Lucas’s parents into launching a campaign to raise awareness about water safety, with pictures of Lucas being printed on safety gear made by Baltic Lifejackets.