A 33-year-old woman from Newport drowned in a hotel swimming pool while under the influence of alcohol, an inquest has heard.
Louisa Jane Gamble was found at the bottom of a swimming pool at The Westin hotel in St John in the US Virgin Islands in July 19, 2010.
She had 398mg of alcohol in her blood per 100ml. The legal drink drive limit is 80mg.
Telford & Wrekin coroner John Ellery recorded a verdict of accidental death at Telford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
He said: “Although we don’t know how Louisa came to be in the pool, it seems to be some type of accident.
“It strikes me that the facts are clear that Louisa has drowned and it doesn’t look like anybody else is involved.
“I believe this was an accident. The forensic evidence appears to be clear that she died from drowning.”
Mrs Gamble’s body was found in the swimming pool by hotel guests.
Mrs Gamble moved from the family home in Newport to Sterling, Virginia in 1997.
She relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, where she received a degree in web design before moving with her husband Joseph Gamble to Dulles, Virginia, in 2010.
She enjoyed hiking and other outdoor activities.
Mr Ellery apologised to the family for the delay in carrying out the inquest, which he said was due to difficulties obtaining toxicology reports from the USA.