Inquest into mine explosion death

Stephen Allan
Stephen Allan
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THE inquest into the death of a former Royal Navy diver who died in a landmine explosion in Sudan will take place tomorrow.

Stephen Allan was fatally injured in an explosion while clearing mines near the town of Kapoeta in October last year.

The 52-year-old from Portsmouth had been based in war-torn Sudan since September 2009. Chief Petty Officer Diver Allan spent 30 years with the navy as a highly-commended explosive ordnance expert.

He was chief instructor for the Royal Navy Clearance Diving Officers courses at Horsea Island.

In 2006, he joined the Mines Advisory Group, a not-for-profit organisation clearing landmines which threaten communities around the world.

CPO(D) Allan was leading teams of trained Sudanese mine clearance operatives in Kapoeta when he died.

Tributes poured in from around the world after news of the first Gulf War veteran’s death.

The coroner will record his verdict at the inquest at Guildhall Square at 10am.