Chambermaid found man hanging

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A MAN hanged himself in a cabin on board a ferry after a trip to France.

An inquest was held in the Guildhall, Portsmouth, to determine how Shone Davis, of Upper North Street, Brighton, died.

The 37-year-old had been on the ferry Bretagne on his way back from France, after visiting a friend.

The ferry was returning to Portsmouth International Port on December 28 last year, when Mr Davis was found hanging by a chambermaid.

David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire, said: ‘Shone had been visiting his best friend from France.

‘He had been having relationship problems.

‘His friend had tried to be supportive as he seemed rather low about it.

‘On the ferry back, a chambermaid had been trying to get into his room, but it was locked.

‘So she got the master key and when she opened the door she found him hanging.

‘She called paramedics, who said he had died at the scene.

‘His friends had tried to support him, but he was feeling too low.’

Mr Horsley recorded the death as asphyxia due to hanging.