Chris Wilson, 54, was kayaking with his wife off the coast of Zanzibar when his boat overturned and landed on the poisonous sea creature, causing him to fall ill immediately

A father died on on a dream family holiday to a tropical island after his kayak capsized and he landed on a sea urchin.

Chris Wilson, 54, was kayaking with his wife off the coast of the idyllic east African island of Zanzibar, Tanzania, when their boat overturned.

The pair, from Dover, Kent, struggled to right the boat, so after helping his wife inside, Chris paddled it back to shore through the lagoon.

In a written statement to Maidstone Coroner's Court, the wife of the Dover resident said: "The water wasn't rough at all, it was almost like a lagoon.

"When we righted ourselves and I climbed back in, Chris couldn't get back into the kayak without turning the whole thing over again.

"Because the water was still quite shallow, and we couldn't even stand up in places, he said he'd paddle back next to me.

"I asked him if he had swallowed any seawater, because I know doing that can make you sick, but he said he hadn't."

The couple eventually made it back to shore, where Mr Wilson rested on a sun lounger briefly before returning to the pair's hotel room.

Mrs Wilson said: "He had a shower and lay on the bed next to the air-con, because he was feeling really hot.

""He said he wanted a rest, and kept complaining that his arms hurt. I noticed that he had several sea urchin stings in his feet.

"I asked him if his chest felt alright, and if he wanted me to get a doctor. He said no, and I gave him some paracetamol and ibuprofen and went outside to read a book.

"He was completely unresponsive, and his skin had this waxy complexion to it. I called for help, but it took 40 minutes for the doctors to arrive.

"In that time I think a staff member and another guest had been trying to do CPR, but I was in the bathroom.

Assistant coroner Joanne Andrews confirmed that Mr Wilson's death on 23 June was accidental, giving his cause of death as "sea urchin envenomation" and "fatty infiltration of the myocardium".

She said: "I would like to put on record my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Wilson, particularly his wife and daughter."

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