Neville home recovering

Neville Payne
Neville Payne

A POCKLINGTON man involved in a boating accident that killed his close friend is now back home recovering from his ordeal.

Neville Payne, 48, of Mile End Road was fishing on the River Trent when the boat he was travelling in with Ian Steel of Southfield Road overturned and plunged them both into freezing waters close to a dangerous weir.

Sadly 57 year-old Mr Steel died in the incident and Mr Payne was rushed to hospital suffering from hypothermia and the effects of swallowing river water.

He has now returned home and wife Julia said: “He is still not well, obviously, and is tired and sad but is getting back to his normal self.

“We are hoping for a full recovery, he will just need to take it easy at home for a while.”

Both men were previous presidents and past members of Pocklington Lions Club and Julia thanked the club’s members for their support throughout the ordeal.

Mr Steel’s funeral is due to take place this afternoon.

The funeral cortege will leave Southfield Road, Pocklington at 2.05pm for a 2.45pm service at St Luke’s Church on Burton Stone Lane, York.