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Zim teenager drowned in canal before body was recovered by police, UK inquest hears

By Thomas Molloy | Manchester Evening News |

A Zimbabwean teenager drowned in a canal before his body was recovered by police, an inquest in the UK heard. Rodney Zinoro, 18, was pulled out of the Bridgewater Canal on the morning of May 21.

Rodney Zinoro, who drowned in Bridgewater Canal, in Leigh (Image: Family handout)
Rodney Zinoro, who drowned in Bridgewater Canal, in Leigh (Image: Family handout)

An inquest into his death opened at Bolton Coroners’ Court yesterday (June 2).

Police coroner’s officer Neil McCaffrey told the court Mr Zinoro, of Balmoral Drive, Higher Folds, was recovered from the water by Greater Manchester Police’s underwater search team.

Mr Zinoro, originally from Zimbabwe, was already dead. He was identified by his fingerprints.

Assistant coroner for Manchester West, Catherine Cundy, confirmed the provisional cause of Mr Zinoro’s death was drowning, pending histology and toxicology reports.

Mr McCaffrey added: “Police enquiries were made. There are no suspicious circumstances and no reason why the body should not be released.”

Friends paid tribute to the former Bedford High School pupil on social media.

A pal said: “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.”

Another added: “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.”

The inquest was adjourned until July 21, when the case will be reviewed. 

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