Man who drowned in River Nene may have fallen in while relieving himself

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A man who was found in the River Nene after going missing on a night out may have fallen in the water after relieving himself, an inquest heard.

Artur Liana, aged 32, of St Andrew’s Road, Semilong, was found by a Northamptonshire County Council office worker on Febraury 2, 2013 near Rushmere Road.

Police had been appealing for information following his disappearance in the early hours of Saturday Dedember 22, but and speculation had been growing that he had been swept away in the river.

An inquest today heard a report from Professor Guy Rutty, a pathologist, who said there were no injuries to Mr Liana but the condition of his lungs was consistent with drowning and the level of alcohol in his blood was about twice the legal drink-drive limit.

He also noted that the zip on Mr Liana’s trousers was partly undone when he was found.

He said: “His flies were partly done up. In the past I have known individuals whilst intoxicated with alcohol have gone to urinate in water and in the process have fallen in and drowned.”

Mr Liana’s friend Anna Polakowska, said she and two others had been on a night out in Northampton with Mr Liana, during which he drank at least 10 shots of vodka, when they became separated.

Despite trying to text him he never replied.

Coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of accidental death.