A 66-year-old man had more than three times the legal drink-drive level of alcohol in his blood when he was found drowned.
David Berbank-Green’s lifeless body was found in the water close to his narrow boat home at Isleham Marina on January 30.
On Wednesday, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard how his friends had been concerned about Mr Berbank-Green’s heavy drinking and the negative effects it was having on him prior to his death.
After his body was pulled out of the water by firefighters, it was established there were no suspicious circumstances, Detective Inspector Nick Power said in a statement read to the inquest.
Officers found the inside of the narrow boat littered with empty beer cans and whisky bottles. Nothing appeared to be missing and personal papers, including a large cheque from the Inland Revenue, were untouched.
Jonathan Dutton, who had arrived during that morning to carry out some work on the narrowboat, said Mr Berbank-Green was not on board and the inside of the boat was cold.
Assistant Suffolk coroner, Dr Daniel Sharpstone, said everyone spoken to by police investigating Mr Berbank-Green’s death had expressed concerns about the impact his heavy drinking was having on him.
A post mortem examination by consultant pathologist, Dr Mohammed Dada, showed death was due to drowning and a liver condition.
Tests revealed that the amount of alcohol in the dead man’s blood was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit.
Verdict: Accidental death while intoxicated.