“This was a very sad day, and the thoughts of everyone at Bristol Water are with the friends and family of the gentleman. ”
FISHING was not permitted for two days on Somerset’s famous pike mecca Chew Valley Lake after an elderly trout angler drowned while wading.
After an extensive search, emergency services pulled his body from the water 24 hours later. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said:
“We received a report at about 11am on November 8 that a man had gone under the water and had not come back up to the surface.
“The man, believed to be in his 80s, is thought to have fallen while fishing in the lake.
“The Police underwater search team carried out searches in the lake, and the following day, at about 11.15am, discovered the body.
“The matter has been referred to a coroner as a sudden death, not suspicious,” he added.
Office confirmed that an inquest would be opened this week, after which further details will be released.
The angler, who hasn’t been named, was wading off Nunnery Point, which is a rocky area, and that section has been Bristol Water
closed for fishing since the tragedy. The venue’s fisheries team released a Facebook statement: “We are not commenting, as all statements must be managed by the Police press team.
“We politely request that customers refrain from commenting on this post at the present time.”
Owners Bristol Water told Angler’s Mail: “This was a very sad day, and the thoughts of everyone at Bristol Water are with the friends and family of the gentleman.
“Our local lakeside team assisted the emergency response and Police operation at the lake, and we will continue to assist in any way with further investigations.
“We take safety very seriously, and we have
significant procedures in place. We await the details of the investigation once they are available.
“The closure of Nunnery for bank fishing is expected to be temporary, and we hope to reopen this stretch of bank soon.
“We have a policy, which is clearly displayed, that allows wading up to thigh level.”
Adam Grinsell, media manager for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, commented: “The best advice for any angler is to always wear a suitable life-jacket.
“If you are in water up to your shin, then wearing correct buoyancy is advisable.”
Check out Neville Fickling’s views on Chew Valley’s slow pike start, in p.16/17.
World-famous pike mecca Chew Valley Lake, where an elderly fly angler tragically drowned while wading.