87th Manchester canal drowning 'accidental'

Published: Friday, 19 April 2019

AN INQUEST into a drowning in Manchester's Rochdale Nine last June heard it was the 87th in the area since 2007.

Orlando Nyro had been 'thrown out' of a club for being too drunk in the early hours of the 4th of June last year, so he was then taken back to the hotel where he and friends where staying, but slipped away and was discovered two days later in the Rochdale Canal that runs through the city, Roger Fox reports.

Swaying fro side to side

Police confirmed that he had been recorded on CCTV swaying from side to side, heading towards the canal, during his last sighting.

It was two days later that the 19 years old was discovered in the waterway with a blood alcohol level of 195 milligrams per 100 milligrams of blood—over twice the legal driving limit.


His mother told the hearing:

"This place is dangerous and when someone is in drink they cannot hardly stand and could end up in the water."

Giving a verdict of accidental death, the coroner, Nigel Meadows told, in answer to the demand for fencing, that 'fencing off all the canal would be impossible'.