Brit dad died after landing on sea urchin when kayak overturned in ocean on holiday

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 i...

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