An­gler’s death in river a mys­tery

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

AN an­gler from North Wales was found drowned in the River Dee, an in­quest has heard.

But it will never be known how ex­actly Noel Vin­cent Holdsworth, 71, who was orig­i­nally from Caernar­fon, came to meet his death.

His body was later spot­ted in the river in the same area by row­ing coach Dun­can Lit­tle on June 20, CheshireLive re­ports.

The in­quest heard Mr Holdsworth had a his­tory of sui­ci­dal thoughts and at­tempts but a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed he had been drink­ing so could have fallen in.

His part­ner Penny Davies, from Tar­por­ley in Cheshire, who had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Mr Holdsworth for sixand-a-half years but had known him 10 years, was aware he suf­fered from de­pres­sion. She told the in­quest he went fish­ing as ‘an es­cape’.

Speak­ing af­ter­wards, Ms Davies said Vince had strug­gled ever since the death of his three-year-old daugh­ter Carol in a road ac­ci­dent many years ago.

He had also served with a Welsh reg­i­ment in Ger­many and France dur­ing the Cold War and had re­mained a re­servist.

She felt the loss of his ‘pretty’ young daugh­ter com­bined with his ex­pe­ri­ences in the Army had played on his mind.

Ms Davies added: “He was very well liked in Chester. He would al­ways help a friend in need. There’s been dozens of peo­ple ask­ing af­ter him. They were very shocked. They can’t be­lieve he’s gone.

“He used to help care for my mum and my mum is find­ing it very hard to come to terms with. He was gen­er­ous with money. It was a while ago but he also helped chil­dren at a rid­ing school for the dis­abled.”

He had other jobs over the years as a chef and gar­dener and was a huge na­ture lover.

She said Vince’s ex-wife An­wen and his other daugh­ter Sue-Ellen had at­tended his fu­neral.

“I feel Vince’s spirit lives on,” added Ms Davies, who is try­ing to trace Vince’s brother Peter, who may be unaware of what has hap­pened.

Heath Wester­man, an as­sis­tant coro­ner for Cheshire, said there was no ev­i­dence that could med­i­cally ex­plain the death such as a heart at­tack and no wit­nesses or CCTV.

He recorded an open con­clu­sion, adding that it would be pure spec­u­la­tion to say how Mr Holdsworth, of Christle­ton Road, Boughton in Chester, had en­tered the wa­ter.

Wil­liam Perry and Hedd Dafydd roll out the fence; To­mos Wil­liams and Eban Jones take a more prac­ti­cal ap­proach

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