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Father drowns whilst surfing

Date
19/07/2009
What Happened
Abandoned
What Caused
Adverse environmental conditions
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Adverse current
Injury Details
Drowning
Outcome
Accident suspected
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
The 51-year-old man and his 14-year-old son, who has not been named, were not wearing wet suits as they boarded in the six feet high surf off Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. The Hayes family was on holiday and had been staying at a local apartment in the surfing town. Falmouth coastguards received a 999 call from a woman saying that a group of kite surfers on the beach were rushing into the water to recover the pair. A Royal Navy helicopter from the nearby Naval Air Station at Culdrose was scrambled as well as Newquay lifeboat. The man was already receiving cardiac massage until paramedics arrived before being flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro. A coastguard spokesman said:
Supporting Information
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5876815/Drowned-Newquay-father-named.html

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