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MAN DROWNED DURING FISHING TRIP By GARETH HUGHES Daily Post Correspondent welshnews@dailypost.co.uk A POPULAR angler drowned after falling into the sea while looking for a good spot to start fishing, an inquest heard.

After seeing Lukasz Lesniacki hitting the water, his friend Bartosz Jawor waded in to try to rescue him, but was soon exhausted because the water was so cold.

Llandudno lifeboat was quickly on the scene and 30-year-old Mr Lesniacki was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, but he had suffered a serious head injury and died despite efforts to resuscitate him.

The two friends had travelled to the North Wales resort in the early hours of May 20 from their homes in Birmingham after various customers of Mr Lesniacki's at his shop UK-Lures had told him it was a good place to fish.

They arrived at 7.30am and, leaving their gear in the car near the Great Orme headland, climbed over a fence to look for a good spot.

In a statement read at the hearing in Ruthin, Mr Jawor said his friend found a spot on the rocks in an area known as Pigeon Cove.

"It was quite slippery and Lukasz tried to slide lower down to get nearer the sea," he said.

He then heard a noise and saw his friend falling into the water.

Mr Jawor shouted for help and as a passer-by called the emergency services he tried to swim to his friend.

"I am a reasonable swimmer but the water was cold and I quickly became exhausted," he said.

The crew of Llandudno lifeboat rescued Mr Lesniacki, who was unconscious, and Mr Jawor was also taken to hospital.

"I wish I had been able to get into the water sooner," he said.

A post-mortem gave the cause of death as drowning, with a head injury as a contributory cause.

Joanne Lees, assistant coroner for North Wales East and Central, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

Earlier this year Polishborn Mr Lesniacki, of Brook Farm Walk, Birmingham, had helped to organize a lure match on the Coventry canal to raise money for the family of Liam Fairbrother, who drowned following an epileptic fit while fishing at his local Tamworth canal.

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