A PENSIONER who drowned in a lake was suffering from cancer, an inquest heard.

Jack Blowes, of Creek Road, Canvey, was found in a nearby lake in the same road on January 31, by members of the public.

Police were called after people spotted after Mr Blowes’ mobility scooter in the water.

Officers rushed to the scene, as did the air ambulance, but were too late to save the 86-yearold.

Chelmsford Coroner’s Court heard yesterday Mr Blowes had been suffering from bowel cancer and depression after his wife’s death in 2010.

He also had his leg amputated after an aneurism.

Coroner Caroline Beasley- Murray heard a care worker had attended the property to check on Mr Blowes.

They realised he wasn’t at home, but saw a note on the table which said ‘sorry’.

At around the same time a member of the public had dialled 999 after seeing a mobility scooter in the lake.

Police found a body which was later identified as Mr Blowes.

Dr Conrad Wolf, who carried out a post mortem examination, said Mr Blowes had died from immersion in water.

Mrs Beasley Murray said: “Quite clearly he had suffered quite a lot of medical problems over the years and had suffered more recently too.

“I have come to the conclusion that Mr Blowes intended to take his own life. He took a deliberate action knowing it would result in his death.

“The court’s sympathy is extended to his family.”

Mr Blowes was born in Wickford and moved to the Canvey retirement village, in Creek Road.

Mrs Beasley-Murray recorded a verdict of suicide.