A verdict of accidental death has been returned by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O'Connor at an inquest into the death of a 52 year-old salmon angler on the River Moy at Foxford last May.

John Newcombe, who lived in Foxford, fished the Moy regularly.

An inquest today was told that the medical cause of his death on May 28th was freshwater drowning.

The inquest was told that Mr. Newcombe had a history of epileptic seizures and, for this reason, did not like to go fishing alone on the river.

However, he apparently ended up fishing alone on May 28th.

 The alarm was raised when a local woman, Arleen Campbell, having spotted his body in the river, entered the water and held onto the body to prevent it being carried downstream.

Garda Patrick Coleman and local resident Michael Tiernan removed the body from the water.

After returning a verdict of accidental death, the coroner expressed his deepest sympathy with the relatives of the deceased and said Mr. Newcombe had died doing what he loved best – freshwater fishing.

Sergeant Gerry McNally, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, joined in the expressions of sympathy.