A woman has described the dramatic last moments of her partner’s life, after witnessing his dying breaths at the Blue Lagoon lake.
Karen Dayton, 56, desperately tried to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after Paul Allsop suffered a heart attack while playing ball with his grandson on Friday.
But after losing hope, Karen left Paul’s body by the side of the lake to protect the nine-year-old boy.
She said: “I knew Paul was gone and all hell was about to break loose – I had to get my grandson away from there.
“I didn’t want him to have to see his granddad like that.
“Nobody could have done anything more for Paul.”
Karen wrote Mr Allsop’s name, age and address on a piece of paper, which she tucked into the Help for Heroes band he wore so he could be identified.
She then drove home to find a way of breaking the news to Paul’s son, who had been due to join the family for a picnic at the lake later that day.
It was 24 hours until Karen knew where Paul’s body had been taken.
Karen, who suffers from a lung condition and struggles to walk, was cared for by Paul.
She said: “My Paul thought the world of me. He used to get me dressed, take me to the doctors and get our shopping.
“Every time he left me he would kiss me goodbye, or even just kiss me for the sake of kissing me.He was my life and I was his. I will miss him forever. I really don’t know how I will cope without him.”
Mr Allsop, aged 61, had swum out to retrieve a ball from the water when he got into difficulty and had to be dragged out by strangers while Karen looked on, helpless.
“It was a great place for him to die – he would have wanted to die in the open air having fun with his grandson.”
The coroner’s o ffice stated Mr Allsop’s death was due to natural causes.