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Cornish man strands himself on island for charity

Lee Hodge stands on Gull Rock Credit: Colin Higgs

A man has stranded himself on a small island to raise money for charity.

Lee Hodge, from Portreath, returned to the mainland yesterday lunchtime after 48 hours on Gull Rock.

Armed with just a cool box, camping stove and a kayak, he says he passed the time waving to passing kayakers and drying out his clothes (it rained both nights!)

Lee's stint on Gull Rock raised £2000 Credit: Colin Higgs

Lee decided he wanted to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care after losing his stepfather to cancer. He raised more than £2000.

He says he hasn't stopped the fundraising and he's planning a skydive next.

Lee Hodge passed the time waving at kayakers Credit: Colin Higgs


Man dies in cliff plane crash

The pilot of a light aircraft has died after it crashed into a cliff near RAF Portreath in North Cornwall. The plane had earlier taken off from Perranporth Flying Club before the crash, which happened just after 4pm. No-one else was on board.

The aircraft caught fire after striking the cliff edge near a potato field. Police and fire crews are at the scene. It's believed the male pilot came from St Austell.