Coroner warns events firm of the risks of drug-fuelled party boats

Coroner warns events firm called ‘Bounce Til I Dieof the risks of drug-fuelled party boats after British clubber, 30, drowned in Amsterdam canal on a weekend away with his partner

  • Wind turbine rigger Neil Stewart, 30, jumped into the North Sea Canal in 2017
  • Coroner Karen Dilks recorded a conclusion of accidental death by drowning
  • Inquest heard Mr Stewart was drinking during the day before his death
  • His mother Alma Stewart told the hearing on Wednesday he had a ‘heart of gold
  • A coroner has warned of the risks of party boats after a British clubber drowned in an Amsterdam canal while on a weekend away with his partner.

    Wind turbine rigger Neil Stewart, 30, from Newcastle, ‘spontaneouslyjumped into the North Sea Canal in November 2017 and his body was only found the following month.

    Coroner Karen Dilks recorded a conclusion of accidental death by drowning after she heard three days of evidence at an inquest in Newcastle.

    The coroner had heard Mr Stewart was drinking during the day when he also took cannabis and cocaine. He was drinking rum and coke on board the boat, 言われた.

    During the night there was a brief altercation with another guest and Mr Stewart was taken to an outside smoking deck to calm down.

    Wind turbine rigger Neil Stewart (写真), 30, from Newcastle, 'spontaneously' jumped into the North Sea Canal in November 2017 and his body was only found the following month

    Wind turbine rigger Neil Stewart (写真), 30, from Newcastle, ‘spontaneouslyjumped into the North Sea Canal in November 2017 and his body was only found the following month

    Ms Dilks said: ‘At or around 0043, he jumped suddenly and spontaneously from the middle smoking deck of the party boat into the water, which led to his drowning.

    The skipper took action, stopping and reversing the boat and the water was lit up in a bid to locate Mr Stewart, but a rescue boat on the top deck was not launched.

    The coroner said she was limited in what recommendations she could make to the Dutch authorities, as she did not have jurisdiction there.

    ‘This case however tragically highlighted the risks of parties on board a boat associated with alcohol or drugs,’ 彼女は言いました.

    The coroner will write to the British event organiser, BTIDBounce Til I Diewhich had two representatives at the hearing, with recommendations including that the firm creates a safety policy clearly documenting steps put in place to keep guests safe.

    The coroner said this was not a judgment, criticism or punishment for the organisers.

    Mr Stewart's fiancee Chelsea Dixon had previously told his inquest how she had organised the weekend away as a surprise and how happy he had been.

    Mr Stewart’s fiancee Chelsea Dixon had previously told his inquest how she had organised the weekend away as a surprise and how happy he had been.

    Ms Dilks rejected a submission on behalf of Mr Stewart’s family to conclude that his death was unlawful, made on the basis that the safety boat was not launched.

    Mr Stewart’s fiancee Chelsea Dixon had previously told his inquest how she had organised the weekend away as a surprise and how happy he had been.

    His mother Alma Stewart told the hearing on Wednesday he had a ‘heart of gold’, 追加する: ‘The void left behind in our lives can never be filled.

    Earlier in the inquest Mr Stewart’s friend and colleague Paul Armes, who was also on the boat, said he realised someone was in the water when the vessel stopped.

    He said someone else told him Mr Stewart had climbed three steps before jumping in.

    Mr Armes told the inquest he had first aid and water rescue qualifications and wanted to swim across to his friend in the water with a life belt.

    He wept as he told the inquest: ‘I just wanted to help him.

    Neil's body was recovered the following month. Post-mortem toxicology tests revealed he had taken cocaine during the day. 写真, police conducting a search

    Neil’s body was recovered the following month. Post-mortem toxicology tests revealed he had taken cocaine during the day. 写真, police conducting a search

    Mr Armes said he saw a safety boat on top of the vessel that could be used in case of an emergency but he told the coroner the crew said it was not safe to deploy it.

    Another vessel came alongside and lit up the water with bright lights, and Mr Armes said he could see Mr Stewart in the water for approximately 10 minutes from when the party boat stopped.

    When Ms Dixon was asked if she had seen him get into the water, she said no, 追加する: ‘If there was anything else I would wish for in my life, it would be to have an answer to that question.

    Asked if Mr Stewart ever expressed an intention to harm himself, Ms Dixon replied: ‘Absolutely not. Neil told me that morning it was the happiest time of his life.

    ‘He always said 30 was going to be his year.

    Ms Dixon said party-goers had not been given advice on how to stay safe while on the boat.

    Fellow party-goer Samantha Godkin, who witnessed Mr Stewart hit her friend Paul Tomlinson in the jaw, said guests were given advice before getting on board about how to stay safe.

    彼女は言いました: ‘You were advised about the issues of being careful and to keep yourself safe.

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