RN officer lying dead, was thought to be drunk

the_matelot

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Lamri said:
Erm, excuse me!

I was onboard the Fighting Ice-Cream at that time and Emma was my D.O.

All I will say is that she had a KNOWN back problem and was prone to sleeping on the deck of her cabin to ease it.
On the night she passed my friend knocked on her cabin door as it was open but the curtain was closed, he saw that she was asleep on the deck so he left her (as you would). There was no indication that she had been drinking. She was checked the following morning and it was then that she was found, he immediately called everyone to the scene to try to help her, but it was too late. NO-ONE assumed she was drunk!!!!! NO-ONE just ignored her!!!!! Her Death was totally out of the blue and no-one could have done anything unless they had known of her condition.

She will be sorely missed by me. I still have the 8s shirt she kindly put the badges on because she couldn't sit on watch seeing me butcher the sewing :)

Now PLEASE let her rest.

I was on the Cornwall at the same time too. A good officer and a lovely woman to chat to-always had time for the younger members of the ship's company which was nice to see. This happened just before the Cornwall went into refit and was a massive shock to the ships company at the time.

I did see her sleeping on her back on the floor a number of times when I was bimbling past her cabin so it wouldn't have been out of the ordinary.

May she rest in peace... :(
 
Lamri said:
Erm, excuse me!

I was onboard the Fighting Ice-Cream at that time and Emma was my D.O.

All I will say is that she had a KNOWN back problem and was prone to sleeping on the deck of her cabin to ease it.
On the night she passed my friend knocked on her cabin door as it was open but the curtain was closed, he saw that she was asleep on the deck so he left her (as you would). There was no indication that she had been drinking. She was checked the following morning and it was then that she was found, he immediately called everyone to the scene to try to help her, but it was too late. NO-ONE assumed she was drunk!!!!! NO-ONE just ignored her!!!!! Her Death was totally out of the blue and no-one could have done anything unless they had known of her condition.

She will be sorely missed by me. I still have the 8s shirt she kindly put the badges on because she couldn't sit on watch seeing me butcher the sewing :)

Now PLEASE let her rest.

Apologies Lamri. Hope she's happy onboard the big grey funnel line in the sky mate. RIP
 

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Lamri said:
Erm, excuse me!

I was onboard the Fighting Ice-Cream at that time and Emma was my D.O.

All I will say is that she had a KNOWN back problem and was prone to sleeping on the deck of her cabin to ease it.
On the night she passed my friend knocked on her cabin door as it was open but the curtain was closed, he saw that she was asleep on the deck so he left her (as you would). There was no indication that she had been drinking. She was checked the following morning and it was then that she was found, he immediately called everyone to the scene to try to help her, but it was too late. NO-ONE assumed she was drunk!!!!! NO-ONE just ignored her!!!!! Her Death was totally out of the blue and no-one could have done anything unless they had known of her condition.

She will be sorely missed by me. I still have the 8s shirt she kindly put the badges on because she couldn't sit on watch seeing me butcher the sewing :)

Now PLEASE let her rest.

Thank you Lamri for putting the record straight. What you described makes this a straightforward case of passing away in her sleep, and may she rest in peace.

The next step is to review the medical history to ensure that nothing was missed - it won't bring her back, but it might prevent a similar case in the future.
 
What a tragic story! Unfortunately, a reflection (IMHO) of the rush to separate RN personnel from their old traditions of "messing" and looking after their oppos.

"Leave him / her to sleep it off" is a recipe for tragedy and let's hope a recommendation will be made that all personnel are sighted and physically shaken every morning, unless there is a good watchkeeping reason for not so doing.
 
Lamri said:
Erm, excuse me!

I was onboard the Fighting Ice-Cream at that time and Emma was my D.O.

All I will say is that she had a KNOWN back problem and was prone to sleeping on the deck of her cabin to ease it.
On the night she passed my friend knocked on her cabin door as it was open but the curtain was closed, he saw that she was asleep on the deck so he left her (as you would). There was no indication that she had been drinking. She was checked the following morning and it was then that she was found, he immediately called everyone to the scene to try to help her, but it was too late. NO-ONE assumed she was drunk!!!!! NO-ONE just ignored her!!!!! Her Death was totally out of the blue and no-one could have done anything unless they had known of her condition.

She will be sorely missed by me. I still have the 8s shirt she kindly put the badges on because she couldn't sit on watch seeing me butcher the sewing :)

Now PLEASE let her rest.

Thank you Lamri; a bit of sense from someone who knows!
 
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