Saturday, September 10, 2011

Niall Pawsey a Law Student, won bet to stay sober for a month drowned after drinking session to celebrate - 10th Sept 2011

A law student drowned after attempting to swim across the River Thames during a drinking session to celebrate winning a bet - to stay sober for a month.

Niall Pawsey, 20, downed beer, Jaegermeister and sambuca during a night out with friends after going 28 days without alcohol.

He was four-and-a-half times the drink drive limit and singing football songs when he stripped to his underwear and jumped into the River Thames.

Niall dived into the water at Kingston from the Middlesex side and was just 15ft from safety when he disappeared at 5.30pm on April 28 this year.

His body was discovered by police divers three days later.

An inquest into his death heard how Niall, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, had been out walking and joking with friends after being kicked out of the Kingston Mill pub for singing.

Daniel Bellows, who studied law with Niall at Kingston University, told West London Coroner's Court that his friend had won a bet that he could stay sober for a month. Read More