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Inquest held into death of missing angler who sparked massive search

An inquest has been held into the death of an angler who was found in the River Dove after a large search when he went missing.

Roger Wheat, from Bedworth, in Warwickshire, had been fishing in Ellastone, near Uttoxeter, on Tuesday, January 7.

He was reported missing, having last been seen on the banks of the river, which led to a three-day search for the 79-year-old.

Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Search and Rescue, Nottinghamshire Police’s Underwater Search Unit and the Environment Agency were all involved in the search.

The retired machine operator’s body was found in the River Dove on the afternoon of Friday, January 10, three days later.

An inquest investigating the circumstances of Mr Wheat’s death was held on Thursday, May 21.

Here, senior coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a formal verdict that Mr Wheat’s death was an “accident”.

A medical cause of death was given as immersion, which was contributed to by ischaemic heart disease, the hearing was told.

Mr Haigh wrote: “Mr Wheat went fishing on January 7, 2020, but disappeared with his equipment still at the scene.

“Searches commenced and his body was found in the River Dove on January 10.

“Death has resulted from a combination of heart disease and entering the water, although the precise sequence is not clear.”

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