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ANGLER IS DRAGGED TO DEATH BY HIS WADERS; GRIEF: Dad drowns at favourite spot.

A fisherman was dragged to his death by his own WADERS.

Stephen Donoghue, 44, got out of his depth on a favourite stretch of river near his home.

It's believed his chest waders filled with water and acted as an anchor, making it impossible to avoid drowning.

Stephen leaves a daughter aged 19 and a 17-year-old son. They were too distressed to speak publicly last night.

Police said: "Wearing waders carries a danger.

"Once water gets into them and you're weighed down, it's very difficult to get back to the surface.

"Mr Donoghue was an experienced fisherman, but other anglers tell me there are two deep holes in the river that not everybody is aware of. It's one of these he stepped into.

"It's a very tragic case. His family are in deep shock."

Stephen, of Temple, Glasgow, died on Saturday afternoon as he fished the River Kelvin near the University Veterinary Hospital on Bearsden Road.

Two other anglers raised the alarm after spotting his bike and tackle box lying unattended on the bank.

Police divers recovered his body.

A local fisherman said: "The river is quite deep in places. His waders must have filled up with water."

Anglers using that stretch of the Kelvin are asked to sign in with security staff at the hospital. One guard said: "Mr Donoghue came here three or four times a week. He was quite a regular."

A report will go to the procurator fiscal.
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Author:McLean, Grace
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 1997
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