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A DIVING trainer who served the Royal Navy for 22 years committed suicide just days before he was due to leave the service.

An inquest heard how Leading Diver Barry George, 41, died from carbon monoxide poisoning on October 27, 2009.

Able Seaman Matthew Baker described how he rushed to try and save Mr George after seeing him in the back of a Freelander Range Rover with its engine running at HMS Excellent, on Whale Island.

Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline McWilliams, from the Defence Diving School, said: ‘Leading Diver George was a good diver and instructor who looked after his pupils well. He was well thought of and respected by his peers and subordinates alike.’

Police found a suicide note at the scene. David Horsley, Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire coroner, recorded that Mr George took his own life.