A man died after his friends forced him into a river and a boat propeller sliced his leg on his 30th birthday in a horror joke that went wrong.
To celebrate his birthday with six friends, Simon Houlder, from East Yorkshire, hired a boat on the Norfolk Broads.
When Mr. Houlder was forced into the pool, the party had been drinking and were’ having a joke.’
When attempting to get back on as the boat was turning towards him, he was caught in the propeller at the back of the boat.
Friend Frederick Collins yelled at the 30-year-old to stop swimming in the direction of the boat and begged the driver to stop reversing, but it was confirmed that Mr. Houlder was near the propeller already.
Mr. Collins told the Norfolk Coroner’s Court that the boat’s engine was probably too noisy to be heard by the boat owner, so he may not have heard him.
“He said, “Simon came to the back of the boat within a meter, and it dawned on him that the boat wasn’t stopping.
“I could see the fear etched on his face.”
Mr. Houlder then vanished “under the water” it is known, and three men jumped into the water from the vessel to rescue him.
With a “significant injury” to his leg, he was airlifted to James Paget Hospital but sadly died at Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge.
Mr. Houlder died from a hemorrhage caused by extreme blood loss, according to a medical study.
Johanna Thompson, the assistant coroner, said that it was death by misadventure and called it a very sad, tragic outcome.”
She said that there was nothing untoward about the activity, it was just young men enjoying themselves and having fun.”
Jacqueline, the mother of Mr. Houlder, said the men on the boat were a “band of brothers” to the family and called it a “tragic accident.”