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Fisherman dies after collapsing on boat on River Dee

A FISHERMAN died after collapsing onboard his boat on the River Dee.

Emergency crews, including paramedics, police, coastguard teams and lifeboat volunteers, were called to the River Dee, between Greenfield and Bagillt, just before 7.20am yesterday (Wednesday).

A spokesman for Holyhead coastguard said they were alerted by ambulance crews, who had received a report of a male who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

“Unfortunately when we reached the scene the man was no longer with us,” he added.

It is believed a member of the public alerted emergency teams.

Richard Polden, volunteer press officer for Flint lifeboat, said: “HM Coastguard at Liverpool requested the assistance of Flint volunteer lifeboat crew when a report was received of a fisherman who had collapsed whilst afloat between Greenfield and Bagillt.

“Flint lifeboat responded to the request at 7.35am.

“However, another fishing boat already afloat responded and towed the casualty into Bagillt, where they were met by an ambulance and the lifeboat.

“Alan Forrester, volunteer lifeboat operations manager for Flint lifeboat station, said a full crew was turned out but were back on station at 8.30am.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said there was no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the fisherman, who was believed to be in his 50s.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

John Gittins, coroner for North East Wales, said he had not yet been informed of the death.

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