September 14, 2006
A DRUNK Brit drowned in a hotel pool during a tragic birthday game to find out who could hold their breath the longest.
Richard Mamphey — celebrating his 24th — was declared the winner by pals before the horrific truth dawned on them.
Richard, from East London, had been drinking with 20 pals on the Greek island of Kos when they decided to take it in turns to see how long each could spend underwater.
Police captain Christos Dimopoulos told how witnesses said the group had spent the evening in a nightclub and were “very drunk, some were vomiting, and some laughing hysterically”.
He said a coroner had ruled that Richard had drowned.
A three-week police investigation since the tragedy last month yesterday ruled out foul play.
None of the group of British holidaymakers will face charges.
But the hotel’s management will be questioned over possible negligence.
Richard’s dad Ray questioned the cops’ findings that there was a game.