The Vale of Glamorgan Coroner has concluded a Penarth man, Thomas Cynon Davies – whose body was discovered on the foreshore beneath Penarth Head in May – had “died from the effects of immersion in water”.
Mr Davies (36) had last been seen in the town on May 7th – the day before his naked body was discovered by a beach-walker on May 8th more than 100 yards from the cliffs.
A police pathologist photographed the body in situ at the point where it had been discovered.
Penarth Coastguard officers and South Wales Police then recovered the body for a post-mortem examination. The team also searched the immediate area of the beach where the body had washed ashore.
The inquest held in Cardiff yesterday concluded that Mr Davies had died from “from the effects of immersion in water” but said that the “circumstances surrounding how he came to be in the water – and his intentions – are unclear” .