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Sea tragedy body is identified.

A BODY found floating in the sea 10 days after a boating tragedy off the Isle of Wight has been formally identified as 20-year-old Heather Harris, from Stourbridge.

Heather, of Woodfield Avenue, Wollescote, was thrown overboard from a Rigid Inflatable Boat along with her friend, 28-year-old Richard Perry, of Victoria Street, Brierley Hill, on July 18.

Richard's body was found a couple of hours later and a post mortem examination confirmed he had died from drowning.

But the body of barmaid Heather was not found until July 27 and because she had been in the water for 10 days, DNA and dental records had to be used to formally identify her. Identification was confirmed yesterday and a post mortem examination showed she also died from drowning.

Heather and Richard had been on holiday with her parents and boyfriend.
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