AN inquest has heard how a young dad died after he fell into water while out on his stag do.
Dale Joint, from Leigh, was due to wed fiancee Katie McNamara two weeks after his big night out.
But Liverpool Coroners Court heard the bash turned to tragedy when the 24-year-old attempted to jump into a moored boat in the city’s Albert Dock.
Witnesses say he appeared to strike his head on a heavy object before falling into the water.
The inquest heard one of the groom-to-be’s pals jumped into the dock but he couldn’t be found.
Other friends called the emergency services and Mr Joint was pulled from the water and rushed to the Royal Liverpool University Hoispital.
A pathologist told the hearing that Mr Joint’s post-mortem shows he had a sizeable cut on his forehead.
His blood-alcohol level suggested he was in a state of “moderate intoxication”, she said.
Liverpool coroner Anita Bhardwaj confirmed Mr Joint’s cause of death as drowning, adding that the incident on August 22 was a “tragic accident”.
In an online post in June, he said: “Sat in work thinking about how excited I am to get married to the most wonderful girl on earth.”
At the time of his death, one of Mr Joint’s aunts posted a heartbreaking tribute on Facebook. She said: “Taken too early the much loved soulmate of Katie and amazing father.”
Shortly after his death, tributes were paid to the young dad.
His auntie, Gaynor Isherwood, was one of many who paid tribute via Facebook.
She wrote: “Taken too early the much loved soulmate of Katie and amazing father to Amelia. Our darling and funny nephew. Can’t believe it. Heartbroken. Tragic. Love you to heaven and back.”
She later added: “Dale was on his stag do in Liverpool due to be married in two weeks. He thought he was jumping onto something near the boats but slipped in between and hit his head and never came up again.”
Friends added their tributes to Facebook and Twitter.
Melissa Gorner wrote on the Wigan Today Facebook page: “Absolutely devastating news about such a lovely lad. R.I.P Dale.”
On Twitter, @JonnyD23 posted: “Minute silence at football today for a former team mate, work colleague and good friend. Rest in Peace pal, thoughts with the Joint family.”
Sean Robertson wrote: “A tragedy for Dale Joint on what should have been a happy occasion. RIP. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
Another user, @donna7182, tweeted Dale’s page saying: “Tell me it’s all a misunderstanding. This is something that happens to other families right? Not us.”