Darts fan drowned

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A DARTS fan drowned un­der a sheet of ice af­ter fall­ing into a frozen lake as he took a short­cut back to his ho­tel room from the World Cham­pi­onships at the Lake­side Coun­try Club.

An in­quest heard how Philip Hughes had gone with pals to watch the BDO Darts World Cham­pi­onship at the leg­endary Frim­ley Green club in Sur­rey on Jan­uary 6, 2010.

But af­ter a night watch­ing darts and booz­ing with friends the 45-year-old headed for his room at the Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel, which is in the grounds of the club.

But rather than walk­ing along paths to the ho­tel where he was stay­ing with wife Cherie he took a short­cut across Whar­fenden Lake.

The frozen sur­face broke and Mr Hughes, of Slough, Berk­shire was trapped 15ft from the shore.

Ver­dict: Ac­ci­den­tal death.

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