A United Kingdom-based 18-year-old Zimbabwean man drowned in a waterway in Leigh, England, before his body was recovered by police after a frantic search, an inquest heard. According to reports reaching chaosafrica,Rodney Zinoro, of Balmoral Drive, Higher folds, was pulled out of the Bridgewater Canal on May 21.
An inquest into his death was opened at Bolton Coroners’ Court on Tuesday (June 2). Police officer Neil McCaffrey told the court that the deceased’s body was recovered from the water by an underwater search team. Emergency services including firefighters, a technical team, and a boat crew were all called to the scene to assist with the search.
“Police enquiries were made. There are no suspicious circumstances and no reason why the body should not be released.”
Zinoro had already died when the search team found his body. He was only identified by his fingerprints, Manchester Evening News has revealed.
Assistant coroner for Manchester West, Catherine Cundy, confirmed that Zinoro drowned to death and also agreed with McCaffery’s findings that there was no foul play involved. However, circumstances leading to the tragic incident were still sketchy at the time of publishing.
After news of Zinoro’s death surfaced, some of his associates and acquaintances paid tribute to the former Bedford High School pupil on social media.
“You were the kindest soul, always joking around and a friend who could never be replaced. You would light up a room and never failed to put a smile on my face,” read one of the social media condolence messages.
“You was such a bubbly bright lad and was an amazing friend, you was always there for others and put a smile on everyone’s faces,” said another.
The inquest was adjourned until July 21, when the case will be reviewed>chaosafrica