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Drowned Carlisle man had taken drugs

What Happened
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
Accident suspected

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Description of Incident
A Carlisle man who drowned in the River Petteril had taken a cocktail of drugs, an inquest has heard.

Kenneth Martin Watson, 44, of Ellesmere Way, Mortonwas found face down in the river near Botcherby last November 15.

Yesterday, an inquest into his death heard that Mr Martin had been recovering from his drug addictions.

A post-mortem found him to have morphine, diazepam and amphetamines in his system.

His rehabilitation key worker, Lisa Anderson, said: “It was difficult for me to imagine him in that lifestyle as he didn’t seem like he used a lot of drugs. He was a placid, easy-going, lovely man.”

Darren Matthews told coroner David Roberts that he had seen him at a house in Botcherby, where he was “under the influence”.

He said he had walked away with another man towards Botcherby footbridge, where the man had left him because he was walking too slowly. He was found nearby the next morning in around 35cm of water, covered in bruises.

The witness added that Mr Watson was around 150 metres away from his route to the bus stop home.

The inquest was adjourned until a date later in the year after six of the witnesses failed to turn up.
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