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Coastguard still 'at a loss' as to what happened to sailor

Falmouth Coastguards have said they are still "at a loss at the moment as to what actually happened" to Atlantic sailor Philip Walwyn.

Mr Walwyn, 68, died after reportedly falling overboard on his racing yacht, just off Chynalls Point near Coverackk.

Mark Thomas told ITV West Country they believe he may have had a few problems with his engine and was quite fatigued from the long journey.


Sister pays tribute to sailor who lost his life on Atlantic voyage

The Devon family of a transatlantic sailor who lost his life within sight of the end of his epic voyage have paid tribute to him.

Philip Walwyn, 68, died after falling overboard his racing yacht, near Coverack, after sailing across the Atlantic singlehanded from Nova Scotia.

A major search was launched after the boat was seen floating and unmanned off the Cornish coast.

His sister, Susie Walwyn, who lives in Tavistock told ITV West Country it was a terribly sad end to an incredible voyage:

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal crash near Bridport

Police are appealing for witnesses of the collision. Credit: ITV West Country

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision near Bridport, which left a 75-year-old man from Torquay dead.

At around 5am today a serious collision occurred between a white lorry and an orange Daewoo Matizt car on the A35.

The lorry was heading toward the Crown roundabout when it collided with the car, which was heading in the opposite direction.

The driver of the car died at the scene but the lorry driver was uninjured.

The A35 is closed in both directions to allow collision investigators to carry out an examination.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this collision, or the manner of driving of either vehicle, prior to the incident, to please call me on 101. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud, Dorset Police Traffic Unit

75-year-old man dies in A35 Bridport lorry crash

Police are still at the scene of the collision. Credit: ITV West Country

The police have confirmed that a 75-year-old man from Torquay has died following a collision between a car and a lorry on the A35 in Bridport.

The road will remain closed in both directions for at least another hour, as investigations continue.

Diversions via a local route using the B3162 are causing long queues around the town.


Yacht club pay tribute to Atlantic sailor

It was confirmed this morning that the body of missing yachtsman Philip Walwyn was found off the coast of Cornwall this morning.

Philip Walwyn was attempting to cross the Atlantic ocean single-handedly for a 17th time.

St Kitts Yacht Club have paid tribute to their former Commodore online:

It is with great sadness that we bring this news to you today, of the passing of a great man; a legend in his own right.

We say goodbye to one of the world's utmost sailing icons, and our past Commodore, Philip Walwyn.

Philip is a man that has come into so many peoples lives and has given his heart and soul to everyone and everything he's ever encountered.

We all give thanks to Philip, to his knowledge and his love of the ocean. Philip will always be remembered for his heroism, his honor and his very witty sense of humor.

Philip, you have touched so many people worldwide...thank you. Woop Woop!

– St. Kitts Yacht Club

Inquest held into the death of a man in Plymouth flat fire

Fire crews at the scene of the fire in Union Street. Credit: ITV West Country

An inquest into the death of a man who died in a flat fire in Plymouth on New Year's morning, will be heard today.

George Somers, 43, died in the early hours as fire raged through his top storey flat in Union Street.

The former nurse was set to marry his partner Bart Somers, who managed to escape from the flat fire.

The inquest was formally opened in January when evidence of identification was given.

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