Beach death of Sunderland man remains a mystery

Police, ambualnce and coastguard crew members recover a body that was found on rocks at  between Whitburn and Seaburn on Monday.''file pic
Police, ambualnce and coastguard crew members recover a body that was found on rocks at between Whitburn and Seaburn on Monday.''file pic
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THE final moments of a Sunderland man found dead on a beach will remain a mystery.

The body of Peter Lundie was discovered lying near rocks at Whitburn last summer.

An inquest into his death could not shed light on how the 56-year-old died, with South Tyneside district coroner Terence Carney ruling out suicide.

Police had been called to the rocks close to the boundary of South Tyneside and Sunderland at about 10.44am on August 16, where they found the half-clothed body of a man.

Close to where he was found, a rucksack containing empty blister packets of anti-depressants and a set of house keys was recovered.

The inquest heard neighbours last saw Mr Lundie, of Netherburn Road, Monkwearmouth, 24 hours before he was found and described him as a friendly person.

Mr Carney was also told the father-of-one had been a carer to his mum, Catherine and was left devastated by her death in June 2009.

His brother Gerard Lundie said: “He took the death of Mam hard as she was central to his life.”

A post mortem into his death revealed Mr Lundie was suffering from heart disease. He also had cuts and bruising to his body consistent with his time in the water.

Summing up the inquest, Mr Carney said: “Yes, there were empty blister packs but they may have been from another time.

“He certainly did not take the tablets, as the toxicology results show.

“I cannot record a verdict of accidental death as I am not sure, or that it is the effect of natural causes, as I am not sure.

“What I can say quite categorically is there is no evidence of suicide.”

Verdict: Open