Man dies in tragic scuba diving accident

Man dies in tragic scuba diving accident

A 43-year-old man died in a "tragic" scuba diving accident while swimming with his partner's daughter, police have said.

The 12-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital but was released on Wednesday, according to Devon and Cornwall Police.

The man, from Horsham, is yet to be identified, and was on holiday with his partner and her three children, who are all from West Sussex, UK.

Members of the public retrieved the man and the girl from the sea at East Portholland near St Austell, Cornwall on Tuesday.

A Maritime & Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said they "received multiple 999 calls" around 3.45pm, while police said they were called just before 4.15 pm.

Paramedics treated the man, but he was declared dead at the scene and the girl was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Tests are being carried out on the scuba diving cylinders, police said.

Superintendent Ian Drummond Smith said: "This appears to be a tragic scuba diving accident, and our thoughts are with the man's relatives and friends at this time."

Inspector Paul Norlund said: "We are carrying out routine tests on the man's scuba diving cylinders, but this is a routine test and there is nothing to suggest this is anything other than a tragic accident."

The tragedy is the latest in a series of deaths around Britain's coastline this summer.

In late July, 19-year-old Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, who was visiting family in Croydon, south London, died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea at Camber Sands, East Sussex.

On August 19, Rudy Bruynius, his wife Lisinda and their two-year-old daughter Mckayla were swept out to sea by a large wave at Fistral Beach in Cornwall.

Julie Walker, 37, and her son Lucas, six, from Aberdeen, also died on August 20 after getting into difficulties in the water off the city's beach.