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Jersey diver Jillian Smith died after equipment mistake

Jillian Smith, 41, from Jersey Image copyright Family photograph via States of Jersey Police
Image caption Jillian Smith was an experienced diver

A Jersey diver died after setting up a new piece of equipment incorrectly, an inquest has heard.

Jillian Smith, 41, died in March at St Catherine's breakwater.

The experienced diver was using a rebreather, in which chemicals replenish oxygen after it is used up, the inquest in Jersey was told.

Coroner Mark Harris said she had died from a build-up of carbon dioxide, which had made her unconscious under the water and she died at the scene.

Inquests in Jersey record narrative verdicts, which do not apportion blame.

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