Friday, 20 July, 2018

Tributes flow as second English rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour

The Durham-based club was scheduled to play several games in and around Colombo in the course of the Sri Lanka tour The Durham-based club was scheduled to play several games in and around Colombo in the course of the Sri Lanka tour Getty Images
Shannon Reynolds | 16 May, 2018, 07:42

British amateur rugby player, Thomas Baty, died yesterday, two days after the demise of his friend.

Meanwhile, the postmortem on the first victim who died on Sunday was conducted by the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer this morning (May 15).

"We also extend our best wishes to Paul, Alyson and Charlotte who are in Sri Lanka supporting Tom Baty as he takes on the challenge of his recovery".

They had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC.

According to a police statement, Mr Howard died soon after arriving at the hospital while his teammate was transferred to the intensive care unit of a private hospital, where he died on Tuesday.

The squad have played just one match out in Sri Lanka against a local club since their landing on Thursday.

Durham City Rugby Club, which oversees the team, said in a statement the pair suffered "non-rugby related breathing problems".

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The two players complained of breathing difficulties to the hotel management at about 10am on Sunday.

He had ruled the death was caused not by a disease or an injury.

Tom Baty, 27, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, the police spokesman's office said.

"The Club requests that the Howard and Baty families' right to privacy is respected and upheld at this most hard time".

An open verdict has been issued following an autopsy on the body of the first deceased, 26-year bond Harvard Thomas Andrew, police said.

Wilkinson added: "We will also continue to support the Clems Sri Lankan Tour party by being in regular contact with senior club officials out in Sri Lanka".

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