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Chemistry teacher dies in parachute accident at Devon airfield

Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon. Credit: ITV West Country

A chemistry teacher from Somerset has died in a parachute accident at Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon.

Chris Jones, 61, was the Head of Chemistry at Wellington School in Somerset.

Headmaster Henry Price paid tribute to him saying he was a "fine schoolmaster and a well-respected colleague".

He was from the Pontyclun area of South Wales.

The British Parachute Association has now opened an investigation into the incident.

We were called at 2.40pm to the death of a parachutist at Dunkeswell Airfield, where he landed on the airfield. The Health and Safety Executive were informed, and an ambulance called. The incident is being treated as a non-suspicious death.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

A35 likely to be reopened around lunchtime

Police, ambulance services and fire crews were at the scene of a serious collision on the A35 in Bridport town centre earlier today.

The A35 has been closed in both directions from Crown Roundabout to the Mitsubishi Garage.

The road is expected to remain closed until later this morning, while investigators examine the scene.


68-year-old yachtsman found dead off coast of Cornwall

Philip Walwyn has been described as an 'experienced sailor' by his family. Credit: Family

Police have confirmed that the body of a 68-year-old yachtsman, was found just off Chynalls Point near Coverack by another sailor last night.

Philip Walwyn from Yorkshire had been expected back in Falmouth today after sailing single-handedly from Nova Scotia.

The Coastguard was alerted to a missing person at 3.20pm on Monday, after his yacht was found in the harbour at Helston, with the sails up but no one on board.

The death is not being treated as suspicious but police enquiries continue as to how he came to be in the water.

Serious accident closes A35 in Dorset

The A35 is shut in both directions in Bridport following a collision between a car and a lorry.

It happened just after 5am in Sea Road South.

The road is expected to be shut for most of the morning.

Traffic is being diverted via a local route using the B3162 through Bridport.

Lessons in how to spot phone scams

Lessons will be given in how to spot scam calls in Barnstaple Credit: ITV News

People in Barnstaple will be given advice on how to spot a scam or nuisance caller at Green Lanes shopping centre this morning.

It follows warnings of a new type of telephone scam which has started in our region.

Fraudsters are calling victims pretending to be their bank and are persuading them to tell them their pin numbers.


Sad news in search for missing sailor

Philip Walwyn Credit: Family

The search for a missing yachtsman whose boat was found off the coast of Cornwall this afternoon has been called off following the discovery of someone in the sea.

Philip Walwyn had been expected back in Falmouth today after sailing single-handedly from Nova Scotia.

The alarm was raised after his yacht was found with its sails up and no one on board.

The coastguard confirmed tonight that a seriously injured person had died after being airlifted to hospital.

Missing yachtsman found in water by search teams

The Coastguard have issued the following statement after finding the missing yachtsman in the water:

A search for a missing yachtsman who was travelling from the Azores to Falmouth has now been suspended after a person was found in the water during a search between the Lizard and Coverack. The person was taken to hospital in a very serious condition.

“The alarm was raised with the UK Coastguard at 13.45 today after another vessel discovered the 50ft yacht with its sails up and no-one on board.

“Lizard and Falmouth RNLI all weather lifeboats, Falmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, the Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team and locals yachts searched an area north-east of The Lizard after the yacht was discovered unmanned and going around in circles.”

– Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Search for missing sailor

Coastguard are tonight looking for a solo yachtsman who has gone missing off the coast of Cornwall.

Philip Walwyn was expected back in Falmouth today after sailing single handed from Nova Scotia. The veteran sailor - who is 68 - has done a number of solo voyages across the Atlantic.

His sister, Susan Walwyn, told ITV News that the boat had been found empty off the coast of Cadgwith and has been towed back to Falmouth.

"We just hope that he made it to shore and perhaps is still there waiting for help. He's such an experienced sailor but of course we are worried. Please, if anyone is out walking their dogs or on the beach between Cadgwith and Coverack tonight, take an extra close look"

– Susan Walwyn
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