Sunbather crushed to death setting up hammock after huge rock fell onto beach

Neil Oliver, HM Coastguard senior operations officer, told Cornwall Live: ‘We were called to a report of a person trapped under rocks from a cliff fall.

‘We treated the casualty at the scene and the gentleman was declared deceased a short time later by doctor.

‘He was trapped by quite a weight on top of him, there’s one big rock that I’d estimate weighs 1.5 tonnes. We were unable to move him.’

Mr Gibbons said firefighters at Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service did not have the equipment needed to recover it straight away.

They were forced to return with specialist tools on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said today: “The body of a man who died following an incident at Sandymouth Beach in Bude on Tuesday has been recovered.

“The deceased is a 66-year-old man from East Hampshire, his next of kin have been informed and a file is to be prepared for the coroner.”

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