Roped pair fa­tal jump off bridge

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By John Kelly

A MAN and a teenager tied them­selves to­gether with rope be­fore jump­ing to their deaths from a bridge, an in­quest heard.

The bod­ies of Richard Hol­lis, 37, and Nathan Or­ritt, 18, were found on a beach in Fe­bru­ary.

Both friends, de­scribed as un­em­ployed and of no fixed ad­dress, had drowned. They were iden­ti­fied by their fin­ger­prints.

Pathol­o­gist Dr Brian Rodgers said they prob­a­bly plunged from Me­nai sus­pen­sion bridge, close to where they were washed up on An­gle­sey, North Wales.

They were tied to­gether with ropes, he added.

Coro­ner Dewi Pritchard Jones said this was “very un­usual” and recorded a verdict of sui­cide.

Af­ter the in­quest in Caernar­fon, Nathan’s dad Ian Or­ritt, of Black­pool, said: “The fam­ily are still feel­ing it.

“There are lit­tle things we will never know.”

SEAL pup He­lena – found cov­ered in fish hooks – was re­leased at Whit­ley Bay, Tyne and Wear, af­ter surgery to re­move an eye.

TRAGIC: Nathan Or­ritt

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