Missing flood fish found in giant puddle

A three-foot long fish who escaped from an aquatic centre during the recent flooding, has been discovered safe and well in a deep puddle

Steve the fish found in a puddle after getting lost in flood

Finally some good news after the floods. Does that sound unlikely? Well it is a fishy story. Yes a giant sturgeon called Steve swam out of his pond in Romsey during the wet weather. His owners - at an aquatic centre - assumed their £1,000 pound fish had been washed away forever.

In fact he'd only made it as far as the local car-wash down the road, where he was found in a puddle. But his friend Chad, a koi carp, is still missing, possibly stranded by the receding floodwater. And there's a reward on his fishy head...as Andrew Pate reports.

Missing flood fish back home after three week escape

Steve the sturgeon is now safely back home Credit: Mark Bradbury

A three-foot long fish that escaped from an aquatic centre during recent flooding has been found safe and well in a deep puddle.

The sturgeon, named Steve, swam out of World of Water in Romsey, Hampshire when it was flooded in early February.

Floodwaters at the centre in February Credit: Mark Bradbury

Staff at a car wash a mile from the centre discovered him in a deep puddle.

The focus is now on finding Steve's friend Chadwick, a large koi carp, who escaped at the same time. Despite sightings, he hasn't yet been retrieved.

Chadwick is still missing Credit: Mark Bradbury

Centre manager Mark Bradbury said he was "hugely relieved" Steve had been recovered and "only a little worse for wear for his travels."

"He must have crossed the road and got to the petrol station through the flood water" he explained.

The centre was closed for three weeks Credit: Mark Bradbury

The seven-year-old fish was used as part of the shop's displays, but Mr Bradbury said similar fish would retail for up to £1,000.

The centre has now re-opened after being closed for three weeks because of the floods.

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