Drinks with pal ended in canal drowning

A MAN drowned when he fell into a canal in Dewsbury after drinking with a friend, an inquest heard.

The Kirklees Coroner was told Raymond Farrar, 63, disappeared on the night of Friday November 22. Mr Farrar, of Victoria Road, Ravensthorpe, had been looking after pal Terence Daley’s boat at Savile Town Wharf.

His body was found two days later by Mr Daley in the Calder and Hebble Navigation.

Mr Daley said he had been to see relatives in Windsor but had returned and gone to the Leggers pub with Mr Farrar.

A post-mortem showed Mr Farrar had drunk the equivalent of six pints of beer, which might have affected his balance.

Doctors concluded he died from drowning, with a cut to the head as a contributory factor.

Police said the wooden boards at the marina were slippery and there was no handrail.

Fellow boat owner Geraldine Clegg and her husband heard a loud splash at around 9.30pm.

They called out but there was no reply, so they searched the area aided by torchlight for about 20 minutes.

Coroner Mary Burke ruled Mr Farrar died as a result of an accident in which there were no suspicious circumstances.

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