Edmund Echukwu drowned while attending his first swingers party Image: An inquest into his death heard he suddenly grabbed the woman as he swam with her towards the deep end before going under the water.
The woman, referred to in court only by the name of Rachael, said that at first she thought it was just horseplay and she wriggled free. The court heard there was some doubt as to whether Mr Echukwu - a Nigerian-born social worker from Edgware, Middlesex, could swim or not.
Read More Man 'jumped' in front of speeding train 'believing he had superpowers' Rachael - who obtained a High Court Order this week stopping any information appearing which might lead to her identification - told the inquest: I don't remember it. He was really polite. He didn't talk on the dance floor and I don't remember him being drunk. Mr Echukwu died in the swimming pool of the property Image: It gets deeper really quickly.
We went past the halfway, where it was beginning to get deep. I couldn't touch the bottom. He just grabbed my neck like that and pulled me under the water. I had to push him away because I feared he would drown me and pull me under. Guests managed to get him out of the pool and paramedics performed CPR on Mr Echukwu after arriving at the scene.
He was rushed to Watford General Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 1. She said the parties, held once a month, were "for people to meet, socialise and experiment.
Ms Harrison said she had spoken to Mr Echukwu earlier in the day on the phone, when he had rung to enquire about the party night.
She said he appeared to be "shy" and not very confident and told her he wanted to "try new things and make new friends". The James Bond-themed party featured a woman in gold paint inspired by Goldfinger Image: Mercury Press The James Bond-themed party featured references, including a roulette wheel, a woman covered in gold paint - inspired by the film Goldfinger - and chocolate replicas of the weapon from the film The Man with the Golden Gun.
In his statement, which was read to the court, Mr Stanley said that when they got Mr Echukwu out of the water, it was clear he wasn't moving. He said he and others began CPR and he made a call to the emergency services, who gave him instructions over the phone. Detective Constable Robert Wood told the court that when police arrived at the house, a number of guests still present hadn't provided correct phone numbers or addresses so that they could be spoken to later.
However, he was satisfied that Mr Echukwu's death was "non suspicious" with no third party involvement. The officer said that following his death, information had been received from the dead man's family that he couldn't swim.
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death, giving the cause of death as immersion and minor alcohol intoxication. Like us on Facebook.