Inquest concludes man died by drowning following slip from bridge

The inquest into the death of a man who lost his life when he slipped during a base jump from an Australian bridge has taken place.

32-year-old Joshua Michael Christian died in March while attempting a jump from the Noosa Sound Bridge in Brisbane.

Although he had resided in Australia for some time, he was originally from Hoylake.

Liverpool Coroners Court heard that Christian and his companions had gone to the bridge, a hotspot for tourists, to take part in base jumping. Unfortunately, after a successful jump, he slipped and sustained a fatal head injury.

He remained submerged in the river below the bridge, and five hours later, rescuers retrieved his body.

During the court session, it was revealed that an Australian inquest attributed his death to drowning and “mixed drugs toxicity”.

The body of Mr Christian has been brought back to the UK.

Wirral coroner Andre Rebello released Mr Christian’s body for cremation at Landican Cemetery.

Mr Rebello concluded that Mr Christian’s passing was accidental, caused by drowning during an unsuccessful base jump.

He also extended condolences to Mr Christian’s family, who were absent from court.

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