A shop owner known as ‘Hippy Dave’ tragically died after falling from the Humber Bridge despite a desperate bid to rescue him.

A horrified pedestrian alerted the emergency services after seeing a man fall from the bridge.

David Walters from Tebay was recovered from the Humber within 30-minutes.

But tragically the former shop owner died at Hull Royal Infirmary from the injuries he sustained in the fall on July 9, 2019, an inquest has heard.

Mr Walters had driven 130-miles from his home in Tebay to the bridge.

The Humber Bridge
The Humber Bridge where Mr Walters had driven to from his home in Cumbria

Mr Walters’ first wife Debra Esterhuizen told the inquest at Cockermouth Coroner's Court in a statement that Mr Walters was known as 'Hippy Dave' to his regular customers at the shop he once owned in Kendal called Karma West.

Ms Esterhuizen said Mr Walters, 50, had struggled with his mental health.

She said: "I was concerned regarding his mental capacity.

"I don't think David was ever really happy with himself.

"I almost expected it to happen. I don't know why he would go there to end his life though."

The Westmorland Gazette reported that Mr Walters was a keen festival goer and had achieved his ambition when he opened Karma West in Kendal.

But according to his second wife Jayne Walters, he soon got bored of this.

She told the inquest she learned of his depression in the first few months of their relationship.

Their relationship broke down after running the 'hippy shop' together.

The Karma West shop in Kendal which had been Mr Walters ambition to open

A nurse, from Birmingham and Solihull mental health trust explained that Mr Walters, who was originally from Rugby, was assessed by them after attempting to take his own life in May 2019.

Police in Hull were called to Humber Bridge after a pedestrian saw a man falling from the bridge.

If you are struggling with your mental health and you live in Hull and the East Riding, please visit this informative webpage for information on how you can get support:

www.humber.nhs.uk

If you are having extreme feelings of suicide or self-harm, please contact any of the following:

· Humber Mental Health Response Service 01482 301701

· NHS 111

· Sane mental health helpline on 0845 767 8000

· Samaritans on 116 123

· Your GP, a friend, relative or someone you trust

Coroner Dr Nicholas Shaw praised the emergency services who managed to rescue him within 30 minutes of the call. A pathologist reported to the inquest that Mr Walters had died from multiple traumatic injuries, despite the best efforts of hospital staff.

The death was concluded as being a suicide by the coroner.