Student Fell Into Canal And Drowned After Drunken Walkabout

A university student was found drowned in a Manchester city centre canal days after he was thrown out of a club during a night out.

Orlando Nyero, 19, who was studying forensic science, was seen being sick in a toilet at Viva nightclub on Whitworth Street West and was then asked to leave, an inquest heard.

Friends took him back to the Jurys Inn hotel on Great Bridgewater Street and tried to put him to bed.

But Orlando, from Johnson Fold, Bolton, didn’t want to sleep, followed them back downstairs and ‘just disappeared’ at around 3.30am on June 3 last year, Manchester Coroner’s Court was told.

The inquest heard his movements were captured on CCTV cameras and he was last seen ‘towards the end’ of Deansgate Locks.

The footage showed him on his own walking, jogging and at times and running – but there was no evidence to suggest he was being followed or chased. His death wasn’t treated as suspicious after a police investigation, the inquest heard.

No evidence of drugs was found in his system but toxicology tests found the presence of alcohol which would have made him around two-and-a-half times the legal drink drive limit.

The tragedy came after the death in March, 2018, of 19-year-old University of Manchester student Charlie Pope, who also went missing after a night out with friends in the city centre. Charlie’s body was found in the same stretch of water.

Their deaths prompted a campaign calling for a review into safety around Manchester’s waterways and led to barriers being put up and certain canal towpaths being closed off at night.

After the inquest Orlando’s family called for more to be done to ‘prevent further unnecessary and catastrophic losses to families’.

Manchester Evening News

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