A FORMER rugby coach and father-of-two died after a fall from a ladder at his home in Kendal, an inquest heard.

Ernest Keith Robinson, best known as Keith, died at the age of 70 in Royal Preston Hospital on May 20, 2019.

The Kendal RUFC stalwart was taken to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance Service after falling an estimated two storeys at his home on Archer Meadow on May 15, Cockermouth Coroner’s Court was told.

When he got to the hospital it was only until the next day that he was admitted into the Major Trauma Centre due to a shortage of beds, the inquest heard.

The family had raised concerned over the care given to the retired computer typesetter, but coroner Craig Smith said there was no negligence he could find in the evidence presented to him.

Elizabeth Robinson, Mr Robinson’s wife, said: “He was a talented sportsman and he played badminton from the age of eight. He also played rugby, ran marathons and later loved fell walking.

“He was strong, stoic, and fearless.

“He would lend anyone a hand.”

After dedicating 18 years of service to Kendal RUFC, during which time he won 18 county caps and played in some highly memorable matches against teams such as the likes of Sale and Ulster, Mr Robinson retired from the game and coached the Colts.

Dr Rachael Hawes, from GNAAS, said there was a large deep laceration over his left eye, and we thought he may have had a hip or pelvic fracture.

A post-mortem found multiple injuries including a subdural haemorrhage, a pelvic fracture and haemorrhage, and a fracture of the C2 and C3 vertebrae in the spine.

The cause of death was given as hypovolemic shock due to a gastrointestinal haemorrhage and multiple traumatic injuries.

Coroner Craig Smith said: “He clearly lived a very full and active life where he played and coached rugby.

“My conclusion is that this death is as a result of an accident.”