AMBERGATE: Inquest to open tomorrow into mysterious death

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A man whose body was discovered floating in the shallow waters of a river in Ambergate a week ago has been named as Gary Wingfield.

Mr Wingfield was 50 and from Denby.

An inquest in into how he came about his death is set to open at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners’ Court tomorrow morning at 9.30am.

Police said the circumstances of his death were not thought to be suspicious.

Members of Derby Mountain Rescue Team were called to help police recover the body, on Sunday, August 25, which was spotted floating in shallow water in the river near Holly Lane.

Kevin Corcoran was part of the team, which had to be called away from a fundraising event in Dovedale to assist police.

He said: “The police contacted us around lunchtime to assist in the recovery of a body near Ambergate, adjacent to the River Derwent.

“The person was in a waterway by a steep 30ft bank.

“A rope system needed to be put up to allow team members to abseil down to the man. It then allowed us to get a stretcher down there and pull them to the top using the rope system.

In total seven of the Derby Mountain Rescue team attended, all of which are on-call volunteers for the service 24 hours a day.

Mr Corcoran passed his condolences to the family of the man, saying these types of call-outs are always tough for the volunteers.

He said: “It’s something we are used to, sadly we do have to deal with fatalities every now and again.

“But out team members are well versed and trained in this sort of thing.”

An inquest is set to be opened into the death on Tuesday.