A missing man drowned after accidentally falling in a canal after drinking heavily.

Assistant coroner Oliver Longstaff made the ruling into the death of 40-year-old Marsden church volunteer Jason Webb, 40, who was found on November 18 last year with alcohol equivalent to seven pints in his system.

Speaking at an inquest at Bradford Coroners’ Court, he said that there was no evidence that Mr Webb, a relapsed alcoholic suffering with depression and anxiety for 10 years, had jumped into the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Tunnel End.

He was found there by his friend Oliver Binkley at around 2.30pm.

Mr Webb’s wife of eight years, Emma – who described him as the love of her life – had reported him missing on the night of November 14 after he failed to return home to Grange Cottages.

Pictures: The search for Jason Webb

A big Huddersfield Giants fan and retired security guard, Mr Webb had been alcohol free for seven months.

But she said he returned to drinking around the start of November, not long before he stopped taking his depression medication.

In the post mortem report, pathologist David Gouldesbrough said he found 235mg of alcohol in his system, equivalent to “seven pints”.

His doctor Jonathan Ring at Marsden Health Centre told of his “gradual progress” after being released from hospital in April following rehab.

This was despite having various diseases, such as possible cirrhosis and he was still being prescribed medication including for his depression.

Mr Webb was also receiving help from the On Track alcohol recovery service who he met with once a month and whose team had no concerns about suicidal thoughts.

But in a statement Mrs Webb said she confiscated alcohol off her husband at the start of November and believes that he had continued to drink since then.

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Police searching their house found 19 hidden empty alcohol cans.

Two sightings of Mr Webb on November 14 were reported to police, including one near Huddersfield bus station.

This was despite Mr Webb telling his wife he would be staying at home that day to watch the rugby.

Marsden man Ian Radley passed Mr Webb later that day while walking along the canal towpath, but said Mr Webb did not make eye contact with him.

Huddersfield detective constable Oliver Scoones examined Huddersfield town centre CCTV and found Mr Webb had got off a bus on Westgate and bought four cans of Oranjeboom, a strong lager.

Jason Webb of Marsden
Jason Webb of Marsden

Summing up, Mr Longstaff said: “I find it more than likely that Mr Webb would have been drinking at home, then missed his footing when on the canal.

“Mr Webb unfortunately suffered a relapse.

“It’s a perennial danger to those who suffer from long term alcohol dependency.”

In a statement read out, Mrs Webb said: “He was passionate about family, including mine, who he loved a lot as they did him.

“He was the love of my life.”