Essex

Luke Bampton night fishing death: Mother's warning to others

Luke Bampton
Image caption A verdict of accidental death was recorded by the coroner

A mother has urged anglers never to go night fishing alone after the body of her 27-year-old son was found in a lake.

Luke Bampton died on 22 April at a fishing lake in Boreham, near Chelmsford.

An inquest in Chelmsford heard Mr Bampton, who had a history of epilepsy, had drowned.

Essex and Thurrock Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest was told Mr Bampton had gone to Three Lakes Angling in Waltham Road for a night of angling.

But when his girlfriend returned the next morning to collect him she found him lying in the water.

'Just be careful'

Mrs Beasley-Murray said: "We will never know whether he had suffered a seizure. He might have slipped into the water.

"This was a sudden, unexpected death."

Mr Bampton's mother Jo urged other anglers to learn from her son's death and avoid night fishing alone.

"I would like to warn other people of the dangers of night fishing because Luke was a very competent swimmer," she said.

"So I think everybody really should go with somebody and not go near the water's edge."

Mr Bampton's younger sister Hollie said: "We just want to send a warning out to everybody: just be careful."

Mr Bampton had set a record at the lake where he died after catching a fish known locally as "Popeye", his family said.

Family members paid tribute to Mr Bampton, a keen traveller who had twice been to Australia, describing him as a "very genuine person" who was also a "joker and a prankster".

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