Verdict of accidental death in Kilgarvan kayak tragedy

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded into the death of kayaker Brita Waters, who drowned in Kilgarvan last year.

The fatal incident involving the experienced 35-year-old kayaker happened on the Roughty River on November 4th 2018.

Ms Waters, who lived in Douglas in Cork, was part of a group of five experienced kayakers, including her partner.

The inquest into her death was held at South Kerry Coroner’s Court in Killarney.

The kayakers had been aware of a log obstruction in the Roughty River, 2km upriver from Kilgarvan, and had planned to leave the river before it.

Brita Waters had started to turn into a side channel when her boat hit an underwater rock and capsized.

She slipped out and was swept downriver over a drop; she became trapped by a log and the water flow was pushing her down.

All four fellow kayakers, including her partner Martin Tarrant, attempted to pull her free.

It was an hour and a half after emergency services arrived when the log, which was estimated to be 15ft in length, was removed and Ms Waters’ body was released; she was pronounced dead.

Coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter said the cause of death was acute cardiorespiratory failure due to drowning, and returned a verdict of accidental death.