uk Drowned Leeds canoeist ‘had smoked cannabis’
Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:11 AM
Published on Friday 25 May 2012 09:00
A caneoist who smoked cannabis in his boat fell overboard and drowned moments later, an inquest heard.
Philip Reed was on the River Aire in a two-man canoe with a friend when it capsized near Ross Mills on Rodley Lane, Leeds.
His pal Matthew Tempest raised the alarm after hauling himself to safety, but Mr Reed, 30, was pronounced dead shortly after being pulled from the water. An inquest into Mr Reed’s death yesterday heard that his judgement may have been impaired by smoking the drug.
Coroner David Hinchliffe said: “It may have affected a person’s ability to respond in an emergency.”
In a statement read to the court, Mr Tempest outlined how the tragedy unfolded on the afternoon of February 26 last year.
He said: “On our way down the river we were smoking cannabis and were sharing a joint.
“We hadn’t had much cannabis at all, we were just chilled out.”
He then described how Mr Reed, of Oakwood Lane, Garforth, had got up on his knees to check the water for debris.
The boat then capsized and the friends were thrown overboard.
Mr Tempest added: “That was the last time I saw Philip.
“I tried to stand up but I was pulled under. I felt like I was dying as I felt myself lose consciousness.
“I am devastated that Philip has died.”
After getting himself out of the river, Mr Tempest used a passerby’s phone to call 999.
Mr Reed’s body was spotted by a police helicopter and he was later pronounced dead.
A post mortem toxicology exam showed he had 15.3 micrograms of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.
Dr Stephen Morley, a consultant in clinical chemistry, said: “It is likely that he had sufficient cannabis present to have affected his movement and judgement.
“I would suggest that had a contribution to Mr Reed not being able to save himself.”
Coroner David Hinchliff said: “What started off as a very pleasant outing with two close friends riding a canoe down the river has ended in the most appalling of tragedies.”
After the hearing, Mr Reed’s mother Brenda paid tribute to her son.
She said: “He will be sorely missed and he was the kindest person ever.”
Sister Lisa Price added: “He had just started getting into kayaking. We are still in touch with his friend and he is doing ok.”
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death
Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:33 AM
I've never been so stoned that I could drown though, but maybe that's just me...
Edited by PaulHackett, 27 May 2012 - 02:35 AM.
'deserves got nothing to do with it' - William Munny
Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:46 AM
Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane
"Banish the word 'struggle' from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we have been waiting for." — Hopi elders
Different day, same shit, ain't nothin' good in the hood I'd run away from this bitch and never come back if I could
Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:47 AM
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