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Newry man dies after swimming tragedy in Cornwall

Emergency services at the scene off the Cornwall coast
Emergency services at the scene off the Cornwall coast
Emergency services at the scene off the Cornwall coast
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

A 43-year-old man who died after getting into difficulties while swimming off the Cornwall coast on Friday afternoon is believed to be from Newry.

It's understood he was on holiday when the tragic accident occurred.

The ambulance service and the coastguard responded following a report of a man face down in the area, known as Prussia Cove, between Helston and Penzance at about 12.50pm on Friday.

Police, rescue teams, paramedics and the air ambulance all attended the scene.

Two lifeboats from Penlee were called out to the incident and the coastguard's search and rescue helicopter also landed on the beach.

Police in Cornwall confirmed the Co Down man was pronounced dead at the scene following emergency medical treatment.

They released further details yesterday, confirming that the deceased is a 43-year-old man from Co Down after initially being unable to trace family members. The man's next of kin have now been informed.

A spokesman said: "Police were called to Prussia Cove near Penzance around 1.05pm (June 28) following reports that a man had got into difficulty in the sea.

"He was recovered from the water by a lifeguard and treated by ambulance.

"He was taken to Praa Sands and was sadly confirmed deceased a short time later. Falmouth Coastguard, RNLI lifeguards, police and ambulance all attended."

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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