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Casper Flagg's family welcome River Avon safety measures

The River Severn in Bath
Image caption Casper Flagg's body was pulled from the river a month after he went missing

The family of a man who drowned after falling into the River Avon has welcomed plans for new safety railings.

Casper Flagg, 28, from Radstock, disappeared after a night out in Bath in 2009. His body was later recovered from the river near Midland Bridge.

Plans have now been approved to spend £140,000 on safety barriers along the same stretch and to make the path wider.

His parents have been campaigning for safety improvements for over a year.

'Terrible tragedy'

Image caption Mr Flagg worked as a graphic designer in Melksham, Wiltshire

Marian Flagg, his mother, said she was relieved that fences were finally being built.

"We think he may have just simply slipped into the water, that's what we were told, so yes it would have made a big difference, it would have saved his life," she said.

"Something positive has come out of a terrible tragedy."

The funding has been approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council and the railings should be in place by April.

Spokesman councillor David Dixon said as well as installing the fence along an 850m (2,789ft) stretch, the vegetation alongside the path would be cut back and the ladders out of the water had already been made more visible.

Mr Flagg, a graphic designer who worked in Melksham, Wiltshire, was last seen leaving a nightclub in Bath in the early hours of 29 November, 2009.

A month later, on Boxing Day, his body was recovered from the river at Twerton.

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