By Alicia Ng

An inquest has begun into the case of a British teacher who died during a white water rafting incident, four years after the fatality took place.

Graphic footage of the incident was shown to The Coroners Court in Cairns today.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon came to the defence of the company responsible for the rafting expedition.

He said the incident was a “tragic accident” and the company could not be blamed for the death.

Teacher Ian Robinson died in north Queensland while accompanying a group of students on an Australian rugby trip.

Mr Robinson drowned in Tully River, south of Cairns after becoming trapped while rafting.

Inquests into another two deaths on the river will begin further in the week.