A family day out at the beach turned into a tragedy when a daughter found her dad lying face down in the water.
Paul Lee, 65, visited the beach at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex with his family on August 10 to soak up the summer sun.
Just before 10:30am, the Clacton local decided to go for a dip in the water east of the pier, an area where several other beachgoers have died in the past.
But just 15 minutes later his daughter made a horrific discovery — his lifeless body being washed to shore by the waves.
Emergency services, including an air ambulance, rushed to the scene but tragically Paul was pronounced dead.
More details about his death were revealed at an inquest hearing held at Essex Coroners' Court in Chelmsford on Tuesday.
Coroner's assistant Marianne Robson told the court: "On August 10, this gentleman went to Clacton beach with his family.
"He went swimming in the sea but, after 10 to 15 minutes, his daughter noticed he was lying face down in the water being brought in by the waves."
Four days after his death, a post-mortem was carried out on Paul's body at Colchester General Hospital.
Dr John Chapman reached the conclusion that Paul died in the water as a result of ischemic heart disease and coronary artery disease.
Senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said: "I would like some photos of where exactly on the beach it was.
"I believe it was east, which is the side of the pier where there have been some other fatalities."
She went on: "I will need to see the police statements and something from the family will be helpful.
"I know the Maritime Agency is involved in this so I will need a report from the Maritime Agency and Tendring District Council."
A full inquest date has been scheduled for November 17 this year.