Angler’s fall led to tragic death

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A SLIP on a Doncaster riverbank led to the death of a fit and healthy angler, an inquest heard

Terence Howley, aged 65, of Adwick Court, Mexborough, died as a result of a blood clot later on after the incident in Fishlake which had caused a tendon to tear in his knee.

But complications which set in following an operation led to the former miner developing a deep vein thrombosis which resulted in his death just weeks later, an inquest heard.

Mr Howley, a keen angler and golfer, was fishing on June 16 in Fishlake when he slipped down the riverbank.

He was taken to hospital and coroner Fred Curtis said he was treated correctly and promptly.

Following an operation he was discharged and was giving drugs to prevent blood clots forming, the hearing was told.

Despite making reasonable progress he was readmitted on July 4 after his family called an ambulance because Mr Howley was unwell and breathless.

Six hours later specialists referred Mr Howley for a CT scan which revealed he had a large blood clot on his calf, which had affected the right side of his heart.

Despite receiving treatment at the hospital, he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed. Mr Howley was pronounced dead after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

A post mortem examination revealed the pensioner died as a result of a pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis following knee surgery.

Mr Howley’s family was concerned at the six-hour delay before he underwent a scan.

But summing up, Mr Curtis said the wait had not been ‘particularly gross’.

Mr Curtis recorded a narrative verdict at the end of the hearing.