TRAGEDY: David Archibald was killed his friend Andrew Conlon died while fishing at Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge.
David Archibald, 56, and Andrew Conlon, 59, perished in an apparent tragic accident after going fishing in a boat on Gladhouse Reservoir, near Gorebridge, Midlothian, on Sunday.
When the men – both from Dalkeith – failed to return home that night, a major rescue operation was launched and an RAF helicopter found their bodies shortly before 4am on Monday.
Police said that when the bodies were recovered from the 50ft-deep reservoir neither man was wearing a lifejacket.
In a statement released through Lothian and Borders Police, Mr Archibald's widow, Heather said: "For more than 35 years David was a devoted and loving husband and father.
"He was always there for his family and friends and you would struggle to find anyone with a bad word to say about him.
"When not working as a technician at the University of Edinburgh, David would often indulge his passion for fishing, regularly heading out with his friends on their various excursions.
"He also loved communicating with his friends and colleagues within the scientific community across the world regarding his interest in alternative energy sources.
"His death has left a massive hole in the lives of all of those who knew and loved him and we must now come to terms with the full extent of our grief.
"We are immensely grateful for the kind words of support the local community has already offered us and we now ask to be allowed to mourn for David in private."
Mr Conlon's family was too upset to talk, but friends and neighbours described the dead man – known as Drew – as "a great guy".
Neighbour Jim Johnstone, a friend of Mr Conlon for 50 years, said: "He was a great guy who had time for everyone. I knew him from way back.
"He loved a few things – his family, tinkering on cars and, of course, fishing.
"He went out with the rod nearly every single weekend. I think for a lot of these trips it was him and Davie together.
"His wife Iris and his son and daughter, Christopher and Claire, will be heartbroken."
Specialist sonar equipment is being brought in to try to locate the boat that was used by the men.
Police said they wanted to know if the boat sank after springing a leak.
Post-mortem examinations will be held and a report submitted to the procurator-fiscal.
Inspector Neil Simpson of Lothian and Borders Police said: "We are carrying out extensive inquiries to find out what happened to these two men.
"Their equipment has not been recovered and their cars were found in the car park."
Mr Simpson added: "The two men were frequent fishers of the reservoir, coming here two or three times a week.
"They had been taking part in what was a routine activity for them when something happened, which resulted in them losing their lives.
"Early indications are that this was a tragic accident and there are no suspicious circumstances."
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