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Paragraph 10 reads:  "He said his wife had battled with depression since 2007 and had attempted to take her own life eight times previously. The couple have a 10-year-old son."

Paragraphs 5 & 6 read:  "Pathology reports confirmed Mrs Outhwaite – a member of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team – died as a result of the alcohol and medication she had consumed – not as a result of entering the beck."

"The inquest heard from Christine Ireland, who found Mrs Outhwaite’s body, that a nearly-empty bottle of vodka and packets of tablets were strewn across the riverbank."

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Cocktail of drink and tablets killed Cumbrian mum

By Staff Reporter

Last updated 10:48, Saturday, 18 July 2009

A mother found dead in a west Cumbrian beck had consumed a fatal combination of vodka and prescribed medication, an inquest heard.

The body of Kirsten Outhwaite, 42, of Forest Houses, Ennerdale, was found in the shallow water of Saddlers Knot beck, near Kirkland, by a passer-by on March 3.

North and west Cumbria’s coroner yesterday recorded an open verdict on her death.

David Roberts said: “Mrs Outhwaite made her way to

Pathology reports confirmed Mrs Outhwaite – a member of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team – died as a result of the alcohol and medication she had consumed – not as a result of entering the beck.

The inquest heard from Christine Ireland, who found Mrs Outhwaite’s body, that a nearly-empty bottle of vodka and packets of tablets were strewn across the riverbank.

Mrs Outhwaite’s husband, Ric – an Allerdale council officer – had reported his wife missing that morning.

He said he had not seen his wife since the previous day, but was not overly concerned because she had gone missing overnight several times in the past.

Mr Outhwaite added: “She would go out and about but she would normally come back. On that day, there wasn’t any signs that concerned me. But she didn’t return home that evening.”

He said his wife had battled with depression since 2007 and had attempted to take her own life eight times previously. The couple have a 10-year-old son.

He said: “My wife was so intelligent, if she had wanted to kill herself in the past she would have done. I think in the past it has been a cry for help rather than anything else.

“To be honest, I don’t have a clue why she did what she did that day. She was better than she had been in a while.”