Man found dead in mud named by police

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POLICE have named a man whose body was pulled out of mudflats following a suspected fatal accident.

Darren Tully, 42, was found dead near Wicormarine boat yard, in Cranleigh Road, Portchester, on Sunday evening at 6.30pm.

He lived alone on his house-boat – the Eseria – and was in the process of renovating it when he died.

Detective Inspector Andy Symes from Fareham CID said there was no evidence of foul play surrounding what happened.

He said: ‘We are not treating it as suspicious.

‘At this time it looks to be a tragic accident. He was found in the mud at low tide and nothing seems to point to any criminal activity.’

Mr Tully was discovered with a head injury and it has been suggested he struck his head and fell over the side of his boat.

A coastguard mud recovery team was called in to assist police, fire crews and the ambulance service with the retrieval of the body.

Once on the shore he was formally pronounced dead before being taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.