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THE BRUV THAT GOT AWAY; Fishing link-up.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

GRANDAD Peter Culver went fishing and ended up netting the brother and sister he hadn't seen for 57 years.

An angler who started chatting to him turned out to be the son of his long-lost sister Dorothy, 79.

Now Peter, 75, has had an emotional reunion with Dorothy and brother Bob, 76.

Dad-of-four Peter - who last saw Dorothy briefly when he was 18 - said his nephew, Michael Messer, had asked for help taking a hook out of a fish in West Bay, Dorset.

They realised they were related and the reunion, attended by 30 family members, took place at Dorothy's home in South Wales. Peter, who lives near Michael in Beaminster, Dorset, said yesterday: "It's incredible I've found them all because of a dogfish.

"I want to be with them all the time yet I could so easily have died having never met them. They are everything I hoped they would be."

The family had grown up in Southampton but Peter went into foster care aged five because his hard-up parents could not cope with their eight children.

Dorothy said: "I lost touch with all of them when we were put into care. It is a miracle that we are back in touch.

"I wouldn't have recognised Peter - but he looks and sounds just like my other brother Bob who I have been in touch with for some time."

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HOOKED Peter Culver, right, and his brother Bob are reunited at long last
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 24, 2009
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