Inquest opens into BBC woman's sea death

AN inquest was due to open today into the death of a BBC executive who died after going swimming in the sea at Felixstowe.

AN inquest was due to open today into the death of a BBC executive who died after going swimming in the sea at Felixstowe.

Kari Boto, 53, was plucked from the water on June 28 last year by a helicopter crew and taken to Ipswich Hospital, but staff there were unable to save her.

She regularly swam in the sea after jogging in Felixstowe.

Mrs Boto, who lived in Ipswich, had worked for the BBC under her maiden name of Kari Blackburn for 30 years, but had been due to take early retirement just days after her death.

She specialised in African affairs, reporting and producing before becoming director of international operations for the World Service Trust. Mrs Boto had been married to her Ugandan-born husband Tom for 29 years and had a daughter, Kassalina, 25, and sons Jonan, 22 and Tony, 18.

At the time of Mrs Boto's death police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

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Mr Boto, 54, a gynaecologist who moved to work at Ipswich Hospital in 1992, described his wife as “motivating”.

Speaking following her death he said: “We were a very close family and she was in the centre of all the good things

happening with us.”

The inquest into Mrs Boto's death was due to get under way today at Ipswich Crown Court.