Horsham Man Dies In Scuba Diving Incident in Cornwall

1 September 2016, 10:21 | Updated: 1 September 2016, 10:30

A 43-year-old Horsham man has died and a 12-year-old girl taken to hospital after scuba diving incident at East Portholland near St Austell, Cornwall on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

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A 43-year-old man has died and a 12-year-old girl taken to hospital after an incident at East Portholland near St Austell, Cornwall, on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Police were called just before 4.15pm on Tuesday evening [30 August] after reports that a 43-year-old man had been retrieved from the sea by members of the public at East Portholland, along with a 12-year-old girl.

The man, who was from Horsham, West Sussex, had been scuba diving with his partner’s daughter when they got into difficulty.

Police attended the scene along with the Coastguard and ambulance service. The Air Ambulance and Coastguard helicopters were also called to the scene.

The man was treated by ambulance staff but was declared deceased at the scene. A 12-year-old girl was taken to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance and was discharged yesterday [31 August].

Next of kin have been informed, although, formal ID has not yet been carried out on the man.

Superintendent Ian Drummond Smith said: "The family involved were from outside the area and are believed to have been holidaying in Cornwall.

“This appears to be a tragic scuba diving accident, and our thoughts are with the man's relatives and friends at this time."

The man, his partner and her three children, who are all from the West Sussex area, were holidaying in the area when the incident happened.

Police 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.”

A file is being prepared for the coroner.