German PoW Rescue Attempt

INQUEST ON ELDERLY SKEGNESS WOMAN

When the inquest on Miss Agnes Florence Palmer, aged 76, of 8, Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, was held by Capt. R. H Helmer at Mablethorpe, the coroner commended the efforts of a German prisoner of war to rescue Miss Palmer when she was cut off by the tide at Skegness on the previous Tuesday.

It was revealed that Miss Palmer was attempting to cross a rapidly-filling creek, which had cut her off from the shore, when she fell into the water and disappeared. Her body was recovered at Chapel St. Leonards on Thursday.

Medical evidence revealed that Miss Palmer had died from a heart attack, and the coroner returned a verdict of death from “natural causes, accelerated by sudden immersion and possible panic.”

He stated that he would send a report to the local M.P. with a view to accelerating the German prisoner’s repatriation.

Source: Skegness News 1947

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