A BRITISH holidaymaker died while riding an inflatable sofa when another passenger was catapulted 10ft into the air and landed on him, an inquest heard.
Simon Crewe, 57, suffered fatal neck injuries in the accident on the final day of a holiday on the Greek island of Kefalonia.
The father-of-three, who had been looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild, was one of three men riding on the yellow inflatable being pulled by a speedboat.
Simon’s brother David and a family friend were the two others.
A documentary inquest held at Leicester Town Hall heard that it is not known which one collided with him.
Simon’s partner, Vicki Hewitt, 49, who was travelling in the speedboat, watched in horror as the driver carried out emergency first aid to try to revive him.
The carpenter and his family had been on the island for six days, enjoying “the most fantastic holiday ever”.
The coroner, Catherine Mason, recorded a narrative verdict in which she said: "On Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, Mr Crewe chose to go on a water ride whilst on holiday in Kefalonia.
“During the ride one of the other participants catapulted in the air and then impacted with Mr Crewe.
“As a result of the impact Mr Crew sustained fatal neck injuries."
Speaking after the incident Vicki Hewitt said she was in the speedboat when she saw "one of them being catapulted about 10 foot into the air." She said she desperately tried to gave her partner mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but he never regained consciousness.
Vicki said they had been together for four-and-a-half years and he was "the love of my life".
She added: "The only blessing was he had a fantastic holiday and he knew nothing at all about it."
“I can’t believe he has gone. He was the very best of men.”
Mr Crewe’s brother David said: “Simon had his heart set on having a go on the inflatable yellow sofa we’d seen being pulled out by speedboat, a bit like the banana boat rides.
“The ride had begun and there was a massive bang. Something hit my head. I thought we must have hit a wave. Our friend was thrown into the sea and disappeared completely.
“I turned to Simon and… I don’t know what had happened, but I watched him die.”
After the tragedy his children Aimie Geraghty, 28, Samuel Crewe, 26, and Sophie Crewe, 22, praised the “all round good bloke”.
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