A missing woman who was found dead on a Yorkshire beach tried to board a navy vessel to Spain hours before her disappearance.
Business owner Alison Danks went missing from her home in Lancaster Drive, Marske on May 23 in 2020.
An inquest at Teesside Coroner’s Court heard this week how the 39-year-old had been struggling with her mental health for a long time, TeessideLive reports.
Hours before she vanished, police were called after she tried to board a navy vessel at Teesport to Spain “to meet a spiritual leader”.
Ms Danks, who was identified as vulnerable by police, was taken home. Even though she appeared to be struggling, the crisis team at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust decided to leave her unsupervised.
CCTV footage then showed Ms Danks leaving her home and walking towards the sea at 12.15am on May 23.
During the inquest on Thursday, ex-husband Graeme Danks heavily criticised the crisis team and said she should not have been left alone.
“Why did the crisis team just assess one incident?,” he told the court.
“They should have taken other matters into account instead of just looking at the narrow picture.”
Ms Danks, who ran Pet Care Solutions, suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety as well as paranoia.
She was on medication which she is said to not have taken regularly and also received supportive calls from the crisis team.
Jane O’Neil, adult crisis service manager for TEWV in Teesside admitted that there were “lapses in Alison’s care” but said changes were made to ensure better treatment.
Elspeth Devanney, acting director of operations Teesside at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Alison during this incredibly sad time.
“We have carried out a comprehensive review of Alison’s care and have taken action to address the concerns that were raised .”
Concluding the inquest Senior Coroner Clare Bailey said Alison received a lot of support from her ex-husband, family, friends and neighbours as well as mental health services.
“I recognise she suffered with the bereavement of her father and break down of her marriage. Sadly she also was a lady who didn’t always comply with medication,” she said.
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“She did turn to mental health services for assistance but it is noteworthy there were errors and lapses in some support. However, I am reassured the trust recognises the lapses and errors and should such a situation happen again the approach would be different and further questions would be asked.”
Ms Bailey recorded a narrative conclusion and stated that Ms Danks drowned after entering the sea.
Following her death, many friends paid tribute to the “animal lover”.
Michael King, who had known Ms Danks since childhood said: “She was a wonderful, kindhearted and caring person who we will all deeply miss.
“She was somebody who was very passionate about animals. They were not just other people’s pets to her, they were her pets. It was something that came very easy to her. She had a real affinity to animals.”
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