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First time fisherman swept to death from Rinsey rocks
12:30pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Cornwall
“Deceptive” sea conditions led to the death of a man fishing off Rinsey Head, an inquest was told yesterday.
Lindsay Sark Alexander Gordon, from Helston, was swept into the sea by the heavy swell in March this year.
Despite attempts from two onlookers, Michael Bates and Luke Edwin Marsh, to help rescue Mr Gordon, he died six days later in hospital.
Mr Bates told the inquest how he had attempted to attract Mr Gordon’s attention by waving the orange life preserver, in order to throw it to him, while Mr Marsh ran to call for help.
He was airlifted to Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital by an RNAS Culdrose search and rescue helicopter, but could not be saved.
Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon recorded a verdict of accidental death, giving the cause of death as drowning.
She had earlier been told that Mr Gordon was fishing with equipment only bought that day.
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