An autistic man drowned while his support worker was 'distracted' messaging a man she met on a dating website. 

Majid Akhtar was found floating face-down in King's Mill Reservoir near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on September 10, 2012.

The 28-year-old, who was on an activity trip with patients from Springwood Day Centre, in Mapperley, had wanted to go for a walk around the lake instead of going back on the boat with the rest of the group. 

His support worker Nikki Deaney went with him but spent most of her time on her mobile phone texting Brynsley Shepheard who she had met on a dating website, an inquest heard. 

Despite previous warnings from her employer about the use of her phone at work, Ms Deaney spent 19 minutes on the phone in a 34 minute period, while supervising Mr Akhtar. 

She then lost sight of him at around 2pm before two dog walkers spotted him floating face-down and pulled him from the water.

The men desperately tried to revive him and paramedics arrived at the scene but he was pronounced dead at King's Mill Hospital a short time later.

After the hearing, his family released a statement through their solicitor saying they hoped lessons had been learnt from the tragic death.

Source: Daily Mail