A BRIT fisherman died after being bitten by a sea snake while working on an Australian trawler, an inquest was told.
Harry Evans, 23, was inspecting a fishing net when he was bitten by the 3ft creature.
He initially suffered no ill-effects before “rapidly deteriorating” and falling unconscious.
His vessel’s skipper, Nicolas Hoard, called for medical attention and the trawler was directed to turn around.
Flying doctors arrived but he died before the trawler reached Bing Bong Port, Northern Australia.
It is thought Mr Evans, from Poole, Dorset, was the first person to die from a sea snake bite in Australia for more than 80 years.
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His mum Sharon told the inquest that her son had been having “the happiest time of his life” before the tragedy last October.
She went onto say that Harry was “hugely missed by many people”.
Assistant Dorset Coroner Brendan Allen recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
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