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Friday 15 December 2017

A 57-year-old man lost his life when he fell off a pier after going fishing in a lake one afternoon last November.

A 57-year-old man lost his life when he fell off a pier after going fishing in a lake one afternoon last November.

Fishing line was found tangled around the feet of Enda Lavin and a fish hook in one of his boots when his body was taken from Lough Key in north Roscommon.

Mr Lavin, from Forest Park House, Boyle, Co Roscommon and an employee of ESB in Sligo, went missing on the afternoon of November 1 last year.

His wife Helen told an inquest into his death in Ballaghderreen yesterday that her husband left to go fishing at Forest Park around 2pm that day.

She became concerned when he did not return home that evening. The alarm was raised and a search party, organised by Michael Pilkington, was mounted.

Mr Lavin's body was found around 8.40pm that evening, lying face down in the water.

Garda Pilkington said that fishing line was tangled around Mr Lavin's feet and there was a hook in one of his boots. Mr Lavin had an e-cigarette in his left hand. A fishing rod and an open fish box were on the pier.

Pathologist Dr Helen Ingoldsby said that death was caused by asphyxia due to drowning.

Roscommon Count Coroner, Desmond O'Connor, said Mr Lavin's death was a complete accident and he extended his sympathy to his family.

Mr Lavin is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Catherine and son Paul.

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