Two men who had been drinking heavily drowned as they walked along a canal path back to their narrowboats with their three dogs, a coroner heard today.
Nicholas Cyril Barry, 53, of Cynghordy, Llandovery, South Wales, and Terence Humphreys, 69, of Pleasant Valley, Narbeth, Haverfordwest, had spent the afternoon and evening of 10th Jan drinking up to 9 pints of beer each at the Tudor Arms at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.
They then set off to walk along the Gloucester - Sharpness canal to get to their separate boats moored nearby.
Mr Barry's body was found the next morning on the canal bank at Purton with the dogs sitting nearby. The body of Mr Humphreys was found 45 minutes later floating in the canal.
There are no suspicious circumstances but at this stage it is unknown exactly what happened," said Gloucestershire coroner's officer Terry Onions.
Post-mortem examinations found both men died from drowning.
The inquest was adjourned until July 20th.