A mentally ill man died at a Cornish beach after accidentally hitting his head on a rock, an inquest heard.
Edward Chichester Renshaw, known to his friends as Ted, died on Thursday, August 22, 2019 on Sandymouth Beach in Bude after suffering head trauma from hitting his head on rocks after entering the water.
The inquest into the 39-year-old from Holsworthy's death revealed that he suffered from serious mental health problems, including schizophrenia.
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However, he stopped taking his medication at the end of July 2019 against the wishes of his family and those caring for him.
Evidence from Mr Renshaw's mother, revealed that he believed his medication would kill him.
Mr Renshaw was living with his parents, but returned to Arliemoor Care Home in Holsworthy, Devon on Friday, August 16 after they grew concerned over the deterioration of his mental healh.
His parents said he had become "increasingly delusional, struggling and irritated".
They were concerned if their son wasn't admitted to hospital he might take himself off for what they described as "one of his adventures".
However, what unfolded were delays to a mental health assessment, which meant Mr Renshaw wasn't taken into hospital that weekend.
As a result he packed his bags and left the care home on the Monday morning and was found dead three days later.
The inquest heard how there were no local hospital beds available to Mr Renshaw over the weekend, but no effort was made to find an out-of-county one.
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Mr Davies explained this was due to "under-resourcing and unusually excessive demand" facing mental health professionals.
Meanwhile, the decision was not challenged by the care home.
Mr Davies said this was because care home bosses felt Mr Renshaw was "compliant and manageable".
They said a member of staff told Ted it wasn't a good idea to leave the care home, but they had no powers to detain him.
The care home also felt the decision not to pursue an out-of-county admission had already been taken by the trust.
Meanwhile, no calls were made to the family over the issues that occurred.
Mr Davies explained that if the mental health trust was aware of the family's concerns more effort would have been made to source an out-of-county admission.
Despite this, Mr Davies found that neither the care home or the mental health trust had neglected Mr Renshaw for the reasons given and he was satisfied changes have been made.
The coroner said Mr Renshaw was not believed to be suicidal.
He said he left the care home with two full bags, including shoe polish and a not indicating his intent to return.
He said there was no evidence over the last three years of any suicidal thinking or self harming haviour.
Mr Davies said: "Edward Chichester Renshaw died on Thursday, August 22, 2019 on Sandymouth Beach in Bude from head trauma, consistent with accidentally hitting his head on rocks after entering the water or attempting to enter the water at night time, when suffering from a mental health condition whilst awaiting a mental health assessment.
"My legal conclusion is that this was an accidental death, so an accidental will be the legal conclusion recorded for Ted's death."
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