An inquest held at Ribble Valley Town Hall and led by Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Senior Coroner Mr Michael Singleton, concluded that a local antiques dealer suffered a cardiac event whilst out fishing.
Michael Stewart Carysforth (73), who was known as Stewart, was found in the River Ribble, near Ribchester, after apparently collapsing whilst changing position and moving along the bank.
His disappearance sparked a police search after his family reported him missing when he could not be contacted.
Mr Singleton ruled that he died of natural causes after collapsing from a heart arrhythmia on the river bank. His family told the inquest that they found some comfort in the fact that Mr Carysforth had died doing something he loved.
The inquest heard that Mr Carysforth was a “confident and experienced fisherman” who was in considerable ill-health, having endured three bouts of cancer and also having suffered heart disease and a collapsed lung.
Mr Carysforth, who lived in a flat in Sale Wheel House at Salesbury Hall, was found by police divers in the River Ribble on Monday, October 17th, having been reported missing the previous day.
Mr Singleton concluded that Mr Carysforth died of natural causes with a cardiac event short of a full heart attack being the likely cause of death.