Southsea man dies on beach at holiday resort

SCENE A member of the public found the dead man on Towan Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.
SCENE A member of the public found the dead man on Towan Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.
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A MAN from Southsea has died while on holiday after collapsing on a beach.

The 31-year-old was found by a member of the public at 2am on Saturday on Towan Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

Attempts were made to resuscitate him but they were not successful.

The dead man’s family have been informed but Devon & Cornwall police say he will not be identified until later this week.

Officers say the man was visiting the area and staying in a local hotel with a group of friends.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Workers in Newquay spoke of their shock at the man’s death.

Alex Christian works at Adam’s Surf Boards in Beacon Road in the town.

He said: ‘We didn’t know anything about it until I got a phone call.

‘Towan Beach is central to the whole of the town – it’s one of the best family beaches, it’s right next to the harbour.

‘The police cracked down on a lot of the drinking so you don’t see barely any drinking on the beaches.

‘It’s the beach with the smallest waves, so it’s the family-friendly one.’

Helen Ellis at the Blue Reef Aquarium on Towan Promenade said she had not heard any more about the man’s death. She said: ‘I believe it was on the steep bank sort of heading down towards the beach.

‘But we haven’t heard anything more really – we don’t have any CCTV in that area.

Julie Howe works close to the small but busy and popular beach at Seashells in Fore Street.

She said: ‘It’s quite busy. A lot of the young go down there drinking at night. They have parties and things on the beach but I didn’t hear anything last night.

‘They do go down their and take their cans down there and have little parties.’

Ms Howe added the first she heard of it was on local radio.

She said: ‘It doesn’t happen very often.

‘I think before Christmas we had one down-and-out person who lived on the streets.’

A file will be prepared for the coroner.

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw the man late on Friday night or early Saturday morning near the beach. Call Devon & Cornwall police on 101 and quote log 88 of May 11 2013.