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Grieving widower jumped from Cow and Calf Rocks
12:05pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A grieving widower from Upper Wharfedale killed himself by throwing himself off a cliff at the famous Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, an inquest was told.
Keen walker Geoffrey Godrich had been depressed at his wife’s death and his failing physical health, Bradford Coroner’s Court was told.
The 82-year-old had written a suicide note for his family.
Recording a verdict of suicide and addressing Mr Godrich’s daughter and son-in-law in court, Assistant Deputy Coroner Caroline Sumeray. said: “I hope he is at peace now.
“He is with your mum now, it is where he wanted to be. He did not want to continue living without her.”
The inquest heard that a group of children, aged between eight and 16 years, were gathered at the bottom of the cliff as part of a climbing trip at the time of Mr Godrich’s fall.
Andrew Morley, a paramedic who was part of the climbing group, rushed to Mr Godrich’s aid and carried out CPR for at least ten minutes before conceding that his injuries were too severe for him to survive.
Mr Godrich, of Hawkswick, had tried to cut his wrists on July 31 last year and was admitted to a mental health unit at Airedale hospital before being discharged to Craven Nursing Home on August 14 where he was considered at “low risk of suicide”.
Dr David Gouldesbrough told the inquest that the cause of death was multiple injuries.