Northern Lincolnshire

An 80-year-old East Lindsey man, who once managed the most dangerous mountain climb in the world, took his own life after stopping treatment for prostate cancer.

Herbert Seear, known as Tony, scaled 8,091m Annapurna in Nepal – the tenth highest mountain and with a fatality rate of around one in three – because he felt “Everest was for tourists”, an inquest into his death heard.

A family statement read to the hearing in Lincoln today (Wednesday) said: “He was fascinated by anything to do with Antarctic exploration, especially Ernest Shackleston, whom he idolised.

“He would have been thrilled by the news that Shackleston’s ship Endurance had been found at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in such a good state of preservation after so many years.”

“Kind and generous” Mr Seear, a former medic who served in the Royal Navy and worked on oil rigs in Dubai, was described as “practical, resourceful and clever” but lost confidence in his abilities, such as DIY, in later life.

“He was a witty and congenial host but tired quickly of company, especially if the company coincided with the rugby,” his family said wryly.

The hearing was told that Mr Seear was prone to having dark moods, sometimes lasting for several days and often without revealing to his loved ones what had triggered them.

On the night before he died on February 22 this year, he had asked his family about their wishes in the event of their passing. It was said that he seemed unsatisfied with the outcome and went on to have a poor night’s sleep, waking in a dark mood.

Later in the day, his partner found what she took to be a suicide note and a search for Mr Seear was undertaken by police.

His body was found in his car in a remote place about a mile from his home in Church Lane, Marshchapel.

Mr Seear had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 and had stopped radiotherapy treatment because of the side effects.

He had lived his life and was more likely to die with cancer than of it, he had told his family.

Acting senior corner for Lincolnshire, Paul Smith, concluded that Mr Seear’s death was suicide.

August 12, 2022 12.05 pm

A man has been charged following a number of incidents yesterday (Thursday 11 August) in Grimsby.

Cameron Fitzgerald (18) of Wingate Road, Grimsby has been charged with 14 counts of making off without payment.

He is due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates Court today, Friday 12 August.

It is reported that a man approached multiple fuel stations in Grimsby and is alleged to have filled his car with fuel, he is then believed to have left without making payments.

August 11, 2022 9.19 am

Tributes are being paid to Grimsby-born Brenda Fisher, the world-record breaking swimmer, who has passed away at the age of 95.

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Steve Beasant, has led the civic tribute: “My sympathies go out to Brenda’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.

“As well as being able to award Brenda the Freedom of the Borough, we had the honour of being part of marking her significant achievements and backing the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Civic Society’s bid to get a Blue Plaque erected in Brenda’s honour and give the wonderful lady the recognition she so very much deserved.”

Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Philip Jackson, paid tribute to Brenda, saying she was an inspiration to many people. “Brenda not only had some incredible achievements in her lifetime, but also helped to raise the profile of her home town across the world. My thoughts and sympathies are with Brenda’s family and friends at this time.”

In 2017, Brenda Fisher was honoured with the unveiling of a Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Civic Society blue plaque at the Fishing Heritage Centre to mark her amazing swimming achievements over the years.

Born in 1927 in Scartho, Brenda is the daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper and learned to swim at the age of nine including using the open waters of Alexandra Dock to practice in.

In August 1951, she broke the women’s world record for swimming the English Channel. Sponsored by the Daily Mail, the swim took 12hrs 42 minutes, breaking the previous record of 13hrs 20mins set the year before. Her homecoming reputedly saw crowds of more than 20,000 people welcome her back to the town. For her channel swim, Brenda received £1000 and a silver cup offered by Eva Peron – wife of the then Argentine Republic’s President.

In later years, Brenda went on to swim the channel again, and later won the 29-mile River Nile Swim and became only the third person in history to complete the 32-mile Lake Ontario swim.

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