Father drowned in sea after night out

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A FATHER of one drowned after falling into the sea following his first night out in Weston, a coroner has concluded.

Polish-born Tomasz Karnas, aged 22 and of Orchard Street, had been enjoying a night out with friends.

He was last seen on CCTV just after 2.30am before his body was found face-down on the rocks near Knightstone Causeway later that morning.

Flax Bourton Coroners’ Court heard he was discovered between 6 and 6.30am on August 31 last year and was between two and three times the drink driving limit for alcohol.

Dr White, who carried out the post-mortem, said in a statement read out in court: “His zip had been pulled down. He may have been intending to urinate, but lost his balance and fell, ending up in the sea.”

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Mr Karnas, who had a young son, moved to England from Poland early in 2013, and started his first job in May as a warehouse operative.

On August 30, he went on his first night out in Weston with his colleagues and friends, where they started drinking alcohol at 8.30pm.

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His friend Mateusz Bijan’s statement said: “He seemed to be in a very good mood and wanted to continue drinking.

“He had never been out in Weston town centre before. We were dancing and enjoying the evening together.”

Mr Karnas was last seen on CCTV in the town centre at 2.36am after leaving Vision nightclub in Richmond Street.

Mr Bijan left the club at around 3am and looked for his friend, before giving up and walking home.

Assistant coroner Simon Fox said: “There is no evidence he had been assaulted.

“Police also couldn’t find any evidence to suggest he wanted to harm himself. He had everything to live for.

“He fell into the sea and as a non-swimmer was unable to save himself and subsequently drowned.”

Dr Fox concluded cause of death to be accidental.

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