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Dad's mercy dash to isle failed to save son

PUBLISHED: 11:44 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

A FATHER who flew out to a Greek island to see his teenage son after hearing that he was behaving strangely was unable to save him as he ran into the sea and drowned.

A FATHER who flew out to a Greek island to see his teenage son after hearing that he was behaving strangely was unable to save him as he ran into the sea and drowned.

Alan Hunt fought back the tears when he told a Croydon inquest on Tuesday that his friendly chat with his 19-year-old son Adam turned into a row and the student ran down a beach into the sea and drowned.

Mr Hunt of Beechway, Bexley, had flown to Zakyntos where his son had been working for a business which sold tickets to people wanting to play football.

He said: "I spoke to him on a regular basis while he was out there. There were strange conversations when he made reference to being the son of God.

"It took me 12 hours and three separate flights to get to him. My first question was whether he had been drinking or taking drugs and he said he hadn't."

In his apartment on July 1 last year, Adam said to his father: "I want you to kill me and I want to kill myself."

The initial friendly atmosphere changed, with the pair grappling each other.

Adam's friend, Paul Sullivan also spoke of his odd conduct and said he saw him running on to the beach from his apartment after his father's visit.

He said: "He seemed to be very angry. He picked up a bottle, broke it and threw it into the sea. He took off his clothes and went into the sea."

A Greek pathologist gave the cause of death as drowning. There were no signs than he had had any alcohol or drugs.

Coroner Dr Roy Palmer, returning an Accident verdict on the Sidcup-born student, said: "There is no reason to say that he deliberately set out to kill himself.

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