A passer-by tried in vain to save the life of a Bath University student who had fallen in the River Avon at the end of a night out.
Christopher Taylor, who was 21, was walking by the fast-flowing river in the early hours of January 22nd, 2014.
Mr Taylor, a talented tennis player, was re-taking the second year of his Chemistry degree at the University of Bath. He had spent the evening celebrating the end of his exams.
A passer-by, Luke Thompson, told Avon Coroner’s Court he called 999 after hearing someone calling for help at about 3.30am.
The spot, near Sainsbury’s supermarket, has a steep bank around 10 feet high.
I found him in the river, holding on to a branch at the bottom. I called out to him to make sure he was talking to me. He was really clinging on for life. He really was fighting.
He said his name was Chris. I told him to not let go. He said he fell into the river, he said he wanted to get out. We talked until the police arrived.”
Mr Thompson told him a police officer had to stop him jumping in to help the student.
A Home Office pathologist said Mr Taylor died from drowning. The amount of alcohol in his blood system was double that of the drink-drive limit.
The inquest continues.