THE mother of a man who died while trying to swim across the River Thames in Henley as a bet during a night out says she doesn’t blame his friends.
Peter Redding, 34, from Tilehurst, Reading, drowned after stripping down to his underwear outside the Angel on the Bridge pub before entering the river at about 11.45pm on July 26 last year.
The car salesman had been out celebrating a successful sales week with colleagues from Audi Reading.
Oxford Coroner’s Court heard that he had taken up a £200 bet from his friends, even though the wager was quickly withdrawn.
After the hearing, Mr Redding’s mother Teresa Beddis insisted that it was her son’s decision to enter the river and he wouldn’t have accepted the money “in his wildest dreams”.