A FORMER merchant navy man died after a fall while on holiday, an inquest heard.
Peter Whittle, 73, from Denmead, fell while staying in a holiday cottage with his wife near Dorchester in Dorset.
An inquest in Southampton heard the pensioner was transferred to Southampton General Hospital where he died the following day on May 5 this year.
The hospital’s consultant pathologist, Dr Mike Walker, believed either a chest infection or heart disease led to his fall.
Grahame Short, senior coroner for Southampton and the New Forest, delivered a verdict of accidental death.