A man in his 40s whose body was found on Great Yarmouth beach likely drowned, a court has heard.

The body of Carlos Swart-Cordeiro was discovered on the beach near South Beach Parade in the town on January 17. He was 44.

An inquest into his death opened at Norfolk Coroner's Court on Monday, more than three months after the incident.

During a short hearing, Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake said that a week after discovery, his body was formally identified by his mental health support worker.

Mrs Lake confirmed that Mr Swart-Cordeiro was born in South Africa but lived in South Quay in the town.

Emergency services, including the coastguard, firefighters and paramedics, went to the beach after the alarm was raised, but Mr Swart-Cordeiro died at the scene.

The medical cause of his death was given to the court as drowning - although an inquest to determine the full circumstances has been scheduled for September.

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