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Sinead_O | 20:28 Fri 27th Oct 2023 | How it Works
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Hi, I am researching an accident where the body has been found but not the head (in a lake).  Please does anyone know what measures may be taken practically to find it? The accident happened in 1967.



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Donald Campbell?

I am sure CID will still have the "accident" on their files and be updating.  Can you tell us who it was?

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Sorry, yes, it was Sir Donald Campbell who was killed while trying to break the water speed Record on Coniston lake in Cumbria in 1967.  My daughter is doing a project on the Lake District and found this disturbing fact.  Apparently they found the wreckage many years later and salvaged it, along with his body, but never found his head?  I have been to Coniston many times and swam/paddled in there, but definitely would think twice now I know it has a head/helmet in there- probably long gone, but must be so hard for the family to grieve properly knowing only part of him is buried?

I believe his helmet was discovered  -  the rest as you say.

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Ah, thanks, I didn't realise that; I expect that makes finding any remains of the actual head much harder if there is no metal to detect.  Thankyou.

You could always go sculling on the lake [OK, I'll let myself out]

^Getting a head of yourself there, Canary :)

How macabre.

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