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Egypt returned deceased British diver's body 'with heart missing'

British requests for a detailed report have not been answered [Getty/ Archive]

Date of publication: 11 June, 2020

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British pathologists have been told it could take up to four years for Egypt to release a detailed coroner's report.
The body of a British man who died while scuba diving in Egypt was returned to the UK with his heart missing.

Experienced scuba diver Desmond Boucher, 59, was swimming in the Desmond Reef, between the Sinai Peninsula and the island of Tiran, last July when he began to feel pains in his chest.

After coming to the surface, Boucher passed out and was later pronounced dead at Sharm International Hospital.

A British pathologist who examined his body told an inquest that it would now be difficult to establish the cause of his death.

Egyptian authorities have not supplied a detailed report, despite carrying out a post mortem. Senior Gwent coroner Caroline Saunders said requests have been made for further information on several occasions.

"We have been told it can take up to four years for this report to be released. I find that quite extraordinary," Saunders was quoted by The Daily Mirror as saying.

Saunders said Boucher's death was due to cardiorespiratory disease, adding that further information had been requested from the Egyptian authorities on several occasions.

"If evidence comes to light that changes that another inquest could be called," she added.

Speaking after the hearing, the deceased's brother, John Boucher, said: "The thing that upsets me is that they have kept some of his organs. I cannot understand how they are allowed to do that."


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