THE angling world has been in shock following a boating tragedy for two pike anglers on the ultra dangerous Cromwell Weir on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Ian Steel, 57, and best pal Neville Payne, 48, both from Pocklington, North Yorkshire, were after specimen pike at the British Waterways-controlled weir when the disaster struck.

Their small aluminium boat was sucked underneath the torrent by a huge undertow and the boat capsized.

After a long rescue attempt, both men were pulled out the water by specially trained fireman but Ian tragically died in hospital.

Neville was still in hospital a week later when the Angler’s Mail was going to Press. He is being treated for hypothermia and the effects of swallowing polluted river water but is expected to make a full recovery.

Firefighters estimate the men had been in the water for up to 20 minutes when they arrived.

Specially trained swimmers pulled Neville out within five minutes. He told them his friend was also in the river. It took a further ten minutes to rescue Ian by boat.

By that time his lifevest and much of his clothing had been ripped off by the force of the water.

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