A Howden pensioner drowned after stopping to urinate at a drain near to his home.

Walter Sanderson, 76, stopped at Howden Dyke Drain close to his home Hail Mill Farm in Howden Dyke Road to urinate and likely fell in just before midnight October 22 last year.

Tragically, Mr Sanderson was not found until around 7pm on October 25 by his brother-in-law.

He was last seen on CCTV in Howden at around 4.15pm on October 22.

Hours later at around 10.20pm, he was spotted on Howden Dyke Lane by a passerby.

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An inquest into his death, held at Hull Coroner's Court, found that Mr Sanderson had not drunk alcohol prior to his death.

Assistant coroner Michael Mellun told the court that Mr Sanderson had a "history of having a wee in the dyke when he came home" and that he "suffered with hypertensive heart disease congestive heart failure which could render someone dizzy very quickly and easily".

The coroner said: "He fell into the dyke, a deep 10ft wall and became overcome, ultimately drowning."

Mr Mellun told the court that between 22.38pm and 00.12 on October 22 and October 23, a key fob - owned only by Mr Sanderson, his sister and brother-in-law had activated a gate at the farm 11 times.

He speculated that water pressing into the fob could have caused it to malfunction, or Mr Sanderson could have been pressing it to attract attention.

It has not yet been found which suggests the latter theory that Mr Sanderson had the fob in his hand before he drowned, the inquest heard.

The pre-inquest hearinwg was heard at Hull Coroner's Court
The inquest was held at Hull Coroner's Court

Mr Mellun said: "It is probable he entered the water on October 22, or just minutes after midnight into October 23, and drowned thereafter.

"His cardiac health may have contributed to his death by either making him dizzy causing him to fall or make him very poorly and in his panic fell into the water."

The coroner concluded Mr Sanderson's death as a tragic accident.

He said: "An accident is an event that is neither unlawful nor intended, and it seems that having got close to the edge of the dyke, he fell in and sadly drowned having been unable to get out or raise the alarm.

"I will conclude this very sad death of Walter Sanderson was an accidental death."