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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Carlisle fisherman fell into river and drowned

An angler fell into a river and drowned while fishing in Carlisle.

Terrence Ian Crowe, known to friends as Ian, was out fishing on the River Caldew in September last year when he is believed to have slipped and fallen into the river where he later drowned.

Mr Crowe, 53, of Scotch Street, Carlisle, died on September 12, the day after being dropped off by his former Cavaghan & Gray colleague Michael Lowry, in the Bousteads Grassing area of the river.

The police were called around 10am on the day of his death, an inquest heard, when a member of the public found two pieces of unattended fishing equipment on the banks of the river.

Police conducted a search of the area but nothing was found until later in the afternoon when a dog walker spotted Mr Crowe floating in the river.

Mr Crowe, who had two children Emma, 27, and Oliver, 25, was found with traces of amphetamine in his blood, but they were not deemed to be at a fatal level.

The hygiene worker had previously had a problem with drugs but was believed by his family to have been clean for the last two years.

The inquest heard from Dr Mary Jenkins, who wrote in her post mortem report that her conclusion was that Mr Crowe “slipped or collapsed into the water and died of drowning”.

She added that the amphetamine found in his blood may have had a “detrimental affect on his cognitive or cardiac functions”.

The inquest also heard from Mr Crowe’s mother Teresa, who said that her son had been interested in fishing since he was at school and would have likely known what he was doing.

Giving his verdict of accidental death, coroner David Roberts said: “There are a number of possibilities, we know that he was going there on a planned fishing trip. He has lost his balance for one reason or another. The most likely event is that he has fallen in the river accidentally.

“There was a presence of amphetamine but not at a fatal level but it could have had an affect on his cognitive and cardiac functions.”

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