“This was a very sad day, and the thoughts of ev­ery­one at Bris­tol Wa­ter are with the friends and fam­ily of the gen­tle­man. ”

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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.

Som­er­set Coro­ner’s

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.

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