Man drowned attempting to swim across Thames

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A man died after attempting to swim across the River Thames after a night out, an inquest into his death has heard.

Peter Redding, 34, from Tilehurst, drowned when he decided swim across the river Thames at Henley.

According to INS, he was celebrating a successful week of sales with colleagues when the tragedy struck on 26 July 2013.

After going to The Angel on the Bridge pub and an Indian restaurant, he had stripped down to his boxer shorts and tried to swim across the fast moving river.

The Daily Mail reports that he got into trouble halfway across, and worried friends called 999.

His body was found by a police diver the following Saturday morning at 9am.


Peter worked at an Audi branch in Reading, but he was also an amateur musician.

His partner Rachel Wyel, 45, told Get Reading: "Pete was a warm, loving individual who had lots of friends in Reading and Gallowstree Common.

"He was passionate about music and a talented musician who over the years had played in many bands on the Reading music scene."

His mother Teresa said: "Peter was an absolute star, he was really happy and settled, everything was going well.

"He will be truly missed by all his family and friends but will remain in our hearts forever."

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