Irish fan found dead had drowned; no foul play

An autopsy on an Irish soccer fan found dead in a canal in

northern Poland concluded that he drowned in an apparent accident,

a prosecutor said Thursday.

James Nolan went missing Sunday in Bydgoszcz and his corpse was

discovered Wednesday by police divers. His death was likely an

accident since there were no external or internal injuries that

could suggest foul play, prosecutor Wlodzimierz Marszalkowski told

The Associated Press.

”There is no other hypothesis than an accident,” Marszalkowski

said. ”There are no doubts, no circumstances to suggest


Prosecutors will nevertheless continue to check security camera

footage in an effort to clarify the circumstances of the


Nolan, 21, of Blessington, County Wicklow, was in Poland with

friends for the European Championship to follow Ireland, which has

now been eliminated from the tournament.

Several of Nolan’s relatives placed candles along a canal where

Nolan’s body was found. They also held a news conference at which

they thanked city authorities for the efforts made to find


The news station TVN24 showed several family members crouching

under umbrellas as they lit a candle in rain and placed a bouquet

of flowers on the water’s edge, one women putting her arm around a

man in consolation.

The news agency PAP quoted his uncle, Patrick Nolan, in

expressing relief at the finding that there was no foul play

involved in the death. He also said the family was touched at the

help and support shown to them by the city, where authorities

carried out an extensive search for Nolan.