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Man drowns trying to rescue his dog from the sea

Port Mellon Credit: ITV News

A man has drowned after going into the sea to rescue his dog while out walking on New Year's Day.

Emergency crews were called to Port Mellon near Mevagissey shortly after 11am to deal with two people in the sea.

One of them was rescued by a member of public. The man was recovered from the sea by the coastguard helicopter and taken to hospital.

Sadly the man has now been confirmed as deceased. Initial reports are that the deceased entered the sea in an effort to rescue his dog which had gone into the water.

No further details will be released at this time.

– Devon and Cornwall Police Spokesperson


Controversy as Cornish town reinstates 'Hitlers Walk'

Where the sign would be placed in Mevagissey Credit: Google Images

A Cornish village has angered residents after agreeing to reinstate a sign saying 'Hitlers Walk'.

The sign overlooking Mevagissey was taken down by a previous council after complaints that it was inappropriate - but now Mevagissey Parish Council have ordered a new one.

The councillors say this is not named after Adolf Hitler, but after an 'overzealous local park warden' who was around in the 30s.

'A little bit bizarre' says Stephen Gilbert MP Credit: ITV News

Well frankly I think its a little bit bizarre and I've written to the council asking for an explanation. The previous council responded to concerns from local residents about the name and called it something different - took out the 'hitler' tag from the name. And the new parish council have put it back.

– Stephen Gilbert MP


Fisherman's boat was unstable and overloaded

A report into the death of Cornish fisherman Ian Thomas in 2001 says the boat capsized because it was unstable and also because it was carrying twice the weight of fish envisaged by her designer.

Mr Thomas died in December 2001 after his boat heather Anne capsized in Gerrans Bay.

The report also found Mr Thomas would have had a greater chance of survival had he been wearing a lifejacket when the vessel capsized.

Key findings from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch:

  • Due to her length, Heather Anne was exempt from any stability requirements. Since build in 1971, modifications to the vessel had significantly increased her displacement, raised her centre of gravity and reduced her freeboard.
  • Heather Anne was carrying about 10.5 tonnes of fish and entrained sea water which was over twice the weight of catch envisaged by her designer.

  • The deckhand would have had a greater chance of survival had he been wearing a lifejacket when the vessel capsized.