New Year canal death was ‘tragic accident’

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A ROLLS-ROYCE engineer, who drank 10 pints of Guinness at a work’s Christmas party, went home to walk his dog – but fell in a canal and died.

Sam McKane, 42, had been on a pub crawl in Long Eaton with colleagues hours before he was found in freezing water on New Year’s Eve.

The father-of-two of Thorpe Leys, Long Eaton, was found by his wife, who had gone out at 7.30am to search for him, Derby Coroners’ Court heard.

His dog Milo was at the side of the canal with his lead still on.

It is believed Mr McKane fell and fractured his skull on ice covering the partly frozen water, then died of a sudden heart attack caused by the water temperature.

Paul McCandless, assistant deputy coroner, said: “Sam was a man who enjoyed his family, enjoyed his job and looked forward to going to work.

“There was nothing to suggest in any way that he wanted to take his own life. Everything points to a tragic accident while out walking the dog.”