A CARING lure angler died by drowning after falling into the sea, an inquest heard.
The tragic drowning of Lukasz Lesniacki stunned lure fishing fans around the country, and across Europe.
Lukasz ran the Birmingham-based firm UK-Lures.
He had helped organise a lure match on the Coventry Canal for pregnant Jamie Fairbrother after her partner, Liam, drowned earlier this year on the Tamworth Canal.
The inquest into Lukasz’s death heard how the 30-year-old couldn’t be saved by pal Bartosz Jawor in the freezing conditions at Llandudno in North Wales back in May.
In a statement read at the hearing in Ruthin, Bartosz said the sea was calm and his friend found a spot on the rocks at Pigeon Cove.
Bartosz revealed: “It was quite slippery and Lucasz tried to slide lower down to get nearer the sea.
“I am a reasonable swimmer but the water was cold and I quickly became exhausted,” he said.
Lukasz was airlifted to hospital but was quickly pronounced dead at arrival.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as drowning, with a head injury as a contributory cause.
Polish born Lukasz was married to Magda and they had a three-month-old boy at the time of his death.
Joanne Lees, assistant coroner, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
A spokesman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute said: “Our advice for rock anglers is always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help, such as a portable VHF radio.”
Figures from the National Water Safety Forum show that ten anglers drowned in 2017, seven were in the sea and three at inland waters.
And between 2011 and 2015, 50 anglers lost their lives while fishing around the UK coast. The majority of these fatalities were shore anglers, fishing from exposed areas.
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