Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Was Just Getting Life Back on Track and Was Buzzing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Was Just Getting Life Back on Track and Was Buzzing

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Byline: By Liz Walker

Larger than life Daniel Davies never walked into a room; he bounced.

But today his devastated family are trying to come to terms with the loss of a man who, even after his death, can bring a smile to everyone's face as they remember the many happy times.

Daniel was engaged to be married and had landed his dream job but his life was cut short when he plunged from the top of the country's most powerful waterfall. He had slipped reaching for a pebble for his new fish tank.

His mum Wendy Davies, being comforted by her family in her home in Finchale Road, Hebburn, said: "We're in total shock and can't believe he's gone.

"He was so full of life. Daniel didn't walk into a room, he bounced. He was also very loving and loyal and very protective of his brother and sisters.

"He loved the outdoors and had been to the waterfall a couple of times before but this time he wanted to take his friend.

"We've been told that he bent down to get a stone he thought would go nicely in his fish tank.

"It was just the kind of thing he'd do as he had no fear and was really adventurous."

Daniel, who would have turned 31 next Saturday, was with partner of two years Karen Fegan, of Lambton Terrace, Jarrow and a friend when he lost his footing on rocks and fell from the top of High Force, at Forest in Teesdale, County Durham, at about 6pm on Sunday.

A fellow visitor to the beauty spot dived into the water in a rescue bid. He was joined by more than 30 members of the emergency services, including police, ambulance, fire crews and fell rescue teams, supported by the police helicopter and the Great North Air Ambulance.

But despite their efforts it was not until the following day that his body was discovered by police divers.

The oldest of four children, his younger sisters Melanie Davies, 28, Paula Murray, 26 and brother Anthony Davies, 21 are devastated by his death.

Paula was at her home in Scotland, along with Anthony who was staying with her, when they heard there had been an accident. …

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