Inquest into death of teenage storm photographer

An inquest into the death of 18 year old Harry Martin takes place today. The teenager's body was found at Carswell Cove after he'd been missing for 10 days.

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Open verdict recorded on death of teen photographer

An open verdict has been recorded on the death of a young Devon man who went to photograph the New Year storms. An inquest in Plymouth was told there was no conclusive evidence about how he died.

Hundreds of local people turned out to help in the search for 18-year-old Harry Martin who was missing for ten days before his body was found.

John Andrews reports:


Prayers said for Harry Martin day after body is found

Prayers were said at churches in South Devon today for the teenager Harry Martin who went missing last week. Yesterday a body was found in Carswell Cove, and a formal identification will take place on Monday 13 January.

You will know by now that Harry has been recovered from the sea and is at peace. We have been praying for him to be found, and our prayers have been answered.Georgina, Tony, James and the rest of the family know that they have our love and continuing support as they begin to come to terms with Harry’s death. They remain very grateful to everyone who has searched and especially to those who went out and contributed to the discovery of Harry’s body.

– Rev. Anne Legge, Vicar of St Peter's Revelstoke

Body found in search for missing Devon teenager

Harry Martin. Credit: Family

Police searching for missing South Devon teenager Harry Martin have found a body.

The 18-year-old from Membland, Newton Ferrers, was last seen on January 2nd heading towards the coast to take photographs of the storms.

An unofficial search party was organised this morning, and a body was discovered in the sea by canoeists at Bigbury Bay. It was brought to shore by the Plymouth Lifeboat.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We were informed by coastguards at about 10.40 this morning.

"I must stress that the body has not been identified at this stage."

Emergency services including the Urban Search and Rescue Group, Dartmoor Rescue Group, Coastguards, the inshore and offshore lifeboats, the RAF Chivenor search and rescue helicopter, together with members of the local community have all been involved in the search since Harry's disappearance.


Public 'not discouraged' from Harry Martin search

Police say they 'do not discourage' the public from looking for missing teenager Harry Martin, but warn that some coastal areas have been left treacherous after the recent bad weather.

Previously Devon & Cornwall Police had said the public's help was not required. But they have now scaled down their own search.

The police are very appreciative of the public’s help in the search and are aware of their desire to continue searching for Harry over the weekend. This is not discouraged however some areas that have been searched are very close to the coastline and in some places very treacherous and it is very important that members of the public do not put themselves in danger as public safety is paramount.

– Devon & Cornwall Police statement

Search for Devon teenager Harry Martin scaled down

Missing 18 year-old Harry Martin. Credit: Family photograph

Police say the search for missing 18 year-old Harry Martin has been scaled down, from 'active' to 'responsive'. This means the search in its current form will end and only be resumed if and when police receive new information.

Officers will be talking to residents in Harry's home town of Newton Ferrers, Devon, over the weekend to try to find out more about his disappearance. They say their search has exhausted all potential locations in the area.

Search for Harry Martin continues

Harry Martin hasn't been seen since last Thursday, 2 January Credit: Family

Devon and Cornwall Police say the search for Harry Martin from Newton Ferrars, who disappeared after going out to take pictures of the storm last Thursday, 2 January, is continuing.

They say specialist search teams and the police dive squad have been looking in areas that they couldn't get to before. They are also going over areas that they've already investigated.

Officers will continue to search for the rest of this week. The force says they appreciate the support of the community but do not need any help from the public to look for Harry.

Conditions for searchers too dangerous

The Police have asked the public not to take part in the search for missing teenager Harry Martin because conditions are now too dangerous.

The 18-year-old hasn't been seen since he left his home near Noss Mayo last Thursday.

The film production student is believed to have gone out to take photos of the weather and was last seen walking in the direction of a Coast Path. Jeff Welch reports.

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