Tragedy of man found in sauna jacuzzi

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AN out-of-work joiner died after probably drowning in a jacuzzi at a male-only sauna in Sheffield, an inquest heard.

Alan Lander, aged 59, of Fircroft Road, Shiregreen, was found unconscious in the water by the manager of the Bronx sauna in Savile Street East, Attercliffe.

The inquest heard that Mr Lander, who had a history of alcoholism, was more than three times the drink-drive limit and suffered health problems which could have left him at risk of a sudden, fatal heart attack.

Simon Facer, the Bronx’s manager, said he saw Mr Lander in the water “looking fine” but when he returned after 25 minutes, he was face-down.

Mr Facer, who was first aid trained, attempted to resuscitate him before paramedics arrived. Mr Lander was pronounced dead at the Northern General Hospital.

Anthony Cherry, Mr Lander’s former partner, said they had lived together for 25 years. “We lived as though we were not a partnership, though I was still feeding him, keeping him, paying his bills and his debts.”

Mr Cherry added: “It was very difficult to keep the house and to have a normal home life. He spent most of his time laid on his bed with a glass of alcohol by the side of him. His only exercise was going across the road to buy more alcohol.”

Mr Lander was hospitalised three times in 2009 through drink-related incidents and increased his alcohol intake after receiving his annual lump sum pension three months before his death last August.

Pathologist Dr Julian Burton said Mr Lander suffered from an inflamed gall bladder, cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease and had 289mg of alcohol in 100ml of his blood.

It would have “predisposed him to a sudden, fatal cardiac arrythmia”, and Dr Burton decided that “on the balance of probabilities” Mr Lander died from drowning.

Assistant deputy coroner David Urpeth, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, said: “This is another tragic case of a person’s significant deterioration due to the abuse of alcohol. Such alcohol abuse not only takes a terrible toll on the individual concerned but also those close to them.”

Mr Urpeth told Mr Cherry he had done his “very best” for Mr Lander.