Cornwall beach tragedy as man, 42, dies while paddleboarding

A 42-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while paddleboarding in Cornwall with friends.

The coastguard received multiple 999 calls at 1.38pm on Monday about a person in the water at Rock.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the man had been paddleboarding with friends in the estuary between Padstow and Rock.

A force spokesman said the man, believed to have been on holiday in the area, was brought ashore by a fellow paddleboarder.

“Sadly, despite CPR being attempted, he was pronounced deceased at the scene,” he said.

“The man’s next-of-kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

The incident was attended by an RNLI lifeboat from Rock, a coastguard rescue team from Polzeath and a Padstow Harbour patrol vessel, as well as South Western Ambulance Service and the police.

James Instance, coastguard controller at Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre, said: “This was a major multi-agency operation involving a couple of paddleboarders in difficulties in fast moving water on a flooding tide on the Camel Estuary.

“Sadly it was not the outcome we desired and our thoughts are with the man’s family at this difficult time.”

Mr Instance said that despite a major rescue operation involving paramedics, the lifeboat crew and others, one of the males was declared dead at the scene.

As part of the rescue a local boat went in and managed to free him and recovered him into his vessel.

“They then tried to bring him to shore, but then got into a little bit of trouble and fired a red flare,” he added.

The Padstow Harbour boat, Rock RNLI and Polzeath Coastguard teams were also involved in the incident.

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