Man drowned while ca­noe­ing on canal

Man was in­tox­i­cated and cel­e­brat­ing new job

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A 47-YEAR-OLD man from Uxbridge drowned while ca­noe­ing on the Grand Union Canal in a drunken cel­e­bra­tion of get­ting a new job, an in­quest ruled.

Daryl Rowe was found dead in the canal near The Malt Shovel pub, in Iver Lane, on March 26 by a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

At the in­quest, held at West Lon­don Coro­ner’s Court, in Ful­ham, on Thurs­day July 14, coro­ner Jeremy Chip­per­field ruled Mr Rowe died from drown­ing.

In a state­ment read out at the court, the mem­ber of the pub­lic re­called the mo­ment she spot­ted Mr Rowe float­ing in the canal.

She said: “On March 26, I left my home, which is a boat moored near The Malt Shovel, at about 6.20am.

“I no­ticed next to the canal there was a body. I thought it was a man­nequin, but then I re­alised it wasn’t.”

The mem­ber of the pub­lic said they in­formed their part­ner and alerted the emer­gency ser­vices.

Mr Chip­per­field said that Mr Rowe, who lived on a house­boat on the canal, may have been cel­e­brat­ing af­ter re­cently get­ting a new job.

The coro­ner added: “It seems to me the ev­i­dence is fairly clear.

“He just got a job and was pretty pleased about that. I ex­pect he was cel­e­brat­ing.

“I’m go­ing to record a con­clu­sion of ac­ci­den­tal death. The med­i­cal cause of death was drown­ing.

“At around the early hours of the March 26 2016, he was ca­noe­ing whilst in­tox­i­cated when he fell into the Grand Union Canal.”

The same court found ear­lier this week that a sales ex­ec­u­tive died at a friend’s house in Houn­slow af­ter tak­ing drugs and al­co­hol.

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