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Complainant Name:
Dr Colin Eagle

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Coventry Telegraph


Dr Colin Eagle complained that an article was inaccurate when it stated that he was the diving partner of a diver who had lost his life.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant, in addition to amending the text of the online article:

Report on Henley diver's inquest

I wish to clarify some errors in the article "Henley in Arden diver died in shark hunt" published in the Coventry Telegraph on December 22.

The article concerned the tragic and untimely death of a friend - Maurice Gowen. It should be made clear that although I was described in the article as Maurice's "diving buddy", I was not his dive partner on the day. I was part of the group of ten on the dive.

Maurice's diving buddy was, in fact, Timothy Priest. I was the diving buddy of David Biggs.

Maurice had become separated and then found floating on the surface by divers from an Italian group separate to our party.

In my opinion, the report from the inquest suggested our party had surfaced, learned Maurice was okay, and then continued our dive.

This is incorrect as we were unaware of the tragedy and did not surface until the dive was completed 43 minutes later.

Dr C Eagle,
Tilehouse Green Lane,


Date Published: 18/04/2011

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