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‘I’m not daft’ Tragic angler’s last post before plunging to death off Orkney cliff top

A sea angler plunged to his death in high winds after claiming he knew his way around a cliff top.

Dad Colin Middleton, 49, was named yesterday as the victim of a tragic ­accident in Orkney .

Colin, from Sheffield, was winched from the foot of cliffs at The Gloup, ­Deerness, on Thursday but could not be saved.

He had told how he aborted the previous day’s fishing trip to Hoxa, South Ronaldsay, after being buffeted by strong winds.

Colin Middleton was rushed to Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall where he sadly died
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He posted on the Orkney Shore Angling Association’s Facebook page: “I packed up when the wind was too strong for even me to stand un-aided.”

Colin wrote before Thursday’s trip: “Now before you all start saying I’m daft or irresponsible, I’m quite fit for a nearly 50-year-old and know my way around a cliff top.”

After a major rescue operation, paramedics took him to Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall, but he died there.

Police, who are still investigating, said it appeared to have been a tragic accident and that there are no suspicious circumstances.

Police said a report on the incident would be sent to the procurator fiscal once their investigation is concluded.

The dad’s tragic post on an angling Facebook group before he plunged to his death
(Image: Internet Unknown)

Chief Inspector Matt Webb said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Middleton’s family and friends at this extremely sad time.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and Mr Middleton’s death appears to be a tragic accident.

“However, we are continuing to establish the full circumstances.

“I’d be grateful if anyone who has information but has not yet spoken to police gets in touch as soon as they can.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

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