Stone swallower dies

A YOUNG man who was found on a Suffolk beach after swallowing several stones died in hospital today.John Doig , 21, was found frothing at the mouth on Aldeburgh beach and it was initially thought he was having a fit.

A YOUNG man who was found on a Suffolk beach after swallowing several stones died in hospital today.

John Doig , 21, was found frothing at the mouth on Aldeburgh beach and it was initially thought he was having a fit.

At Ipswich Hospital he found to have several stones in his throat and stomach.

A police spokeswoman said Mr Doig, of Barley Lands, Aldeburgh, had been in hospital since the incident on August 16, and died earlier today.

Police had carried out a full investigation in to the incident and decided there were no suspicious circumstances.

The coroner has been informed of Mr Doig's death and a post mortem examination will be carried out in the next few days.

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An inquest will be held in due course.

Mr Doig was found by police on the beach near to the Cross Keys pub at about 11.45pm on August 16 and an area of the town was cordoned off.

The officers had been on patrol at the end of the final day of the popular Aldeburgh carnival when they found him frothing at the mouth and thought he was having a fit.

A paramedic attended the scene and an ambulance took Mr Doig to hospital.

The following day he was breathing on his own with the help of a ventilator in the intensive care unit and his condition was described as stable.

Because he could not be interviewed due to his condition, police started a preliminary investigation which later found no-one else was involved.

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