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Seaside tragedy as man dies off coast of Cornwall during paddle-boarding trip

A paddle-boarding trip has ended in tragedy after a 42-year-old man died in Cornwall.

The Coastguard said it received “multiple” 999 calls on Monday afternoon about a person in difficulty in the water off the coast at Rock.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man had been paddle-boarding with a group of friends in the estuary before he found himself in trouble.

Detectives said a 42-year-old man, believed to have been on holiday, was brought ashore by a fellow paddle-boarder.

But despite desperate efforts to revive him, the tourist died at the scene.

A police spokesman said: “Sadly, despite CPR being attempted, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“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 paddle-boarders in difficulties in fast moving water on a flooding tide on the Camel Estuary.

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"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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