POPULAR lure angler Lukasz Lesniacki, who raised funds for a young angler who drowned in a canal, has himself tragically died while sea fishing.
Lukasz Lesniacki, who ran the Birmingham-based firm UK-Lures, had helped to organise a lure match on the Coventry Canal for pregnant Jamie Fairbrother whose partner Liam died earlier this year.
Liam drowned following an epileptic fit while fishing his local Tamworth Canal.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute were called to Llandudno’s Great Orme headland in north Wales where Lukasz was rescued but couldn’t be saved. A second man, who had tried to help, was safely rescued.
They discovered Lukasz in the sea and quickly returned to shore where he was airlifted to hospital but North Wales Police confirmed that he had sadly died after arrival.
Tributes to Lukasz Lesniacki
Jamie Fairbrother, now living in Matlock, Derbyshire, said: “Lukasz was a lovely man who helped arrange the midlands lure bash in March with Paul Bosworth and they raised an outstanding amount.
“I strongly believe that all fishermen should wear life jackets. It may not seem dangerous but recent tragic events happening proves how much you need to consider how safe you are when fishing.
“If Liam was wearing a life jacket it would have probably saved his life as no one was there to help him,” she added.
Anglers from all over the world have posted catch pictures on the memorial Facebook group Catch A Fish For Liam which helps to raise awareness about epilepsy.
And now there is a fundraising page on Facebook, with a £20,00 target, set up by Lukasz’s friend Patrycja Bury to support his young family. You can visit it here. An inquest begun into the cause his death.
Nick Fecher, from the RNLI community safety team, said: “Our thoughts and sympathy are with the man’s family and friends.
“Our advice for rock anglers is always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help, such as a portable VHF radio,” he concluded.
The figures from the National Water Safety Forum show that ten people drowned while angling in 2017, seven were in the sea and three at inland waters.
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