Inquest opens into death of Matt Dunnett who drowned at Alton Water

Matt Dunnett

Matt Dunnett - Credit: Archant

An inquest has opened into the death of a 22-year-old DJ whose body was found in the Alton Water reservoir.

A post-mortem examination determined that Matthew Dunnett, of Woodhall Square, Ipswich, died as a result of drowning.

However, coroner’s officer Robbie Abraham said there would be more inquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death.

The inquest at IP-City Centre in Ipswich yesterday heard that Mr Dunnett was located after a call from his friends to the emergency services reporting he had gone into the water in Tattingstone and had not resurfaced.

At the time of his discovery, Mr Dunnett was wearing khaki trousers, a black belt and a green wrist band, the inquest was told.

There was also a pair of navy shoes and other items left at the top of the reservoir.

Mr Abraham said: “There are other issues that need to be investigated on this one so we are waiting for inquiries.”

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The inquest was adjourned until November.

Emergency services were called to Lemons Hill at around 8pm on June 30 to reports that a person had fallen into the water.

An hour-long search was conducted by crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Suffolk police, the East of England Ambulance Service, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) air ambulance and the RAF Air Sea Rescue helicopter before Mr Dunnett’s body was found.

The tragedy sparked a debate over the measures that are in place to stop people swimming in the reservoir at Alton Water.

Several organisations came together to form an action group to try and prevent further deaths.

Those involved in the group included the site owners Anglian Water, Tattingstone Parish Council, Highways England and Suffolk police and fire services.

As a result, new signage was put up on Lemons Hill Bridge in August, with more “hard-hitting” and pictorial messages, an Anglian Water spokeswoman said.

Tributes from Mr Dunnett’s friends and family were also paid following his death.

Mr Dunnett was a former Westbourne High School student and a talented music producer.

Growing up in the Whitton area of Ipswich, Mr Dunnett attended St Pancras Primary School and later studied brick laying at Suffolk New College.