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Diver who died in Plymouth Sound incident named

Emergency services searching Plymouth Sound for diver Richard Fletcher. Credit: Plymouth Live

A diver who died after getting into difficulty in water off Plymouth Hoe has been officially named.

57-year-old Richard Fletcher from Holsworthy was diving in Plymouth Sound on the evening of July 1 with a local diving group when he got into difficulty.

A major search operation was subsequently launched by the emergency services - including the Coastguard, RNLI and the police.

Mr Fletcher was found in the water off Plymouth Hoe on July 2. Credit: Plymouth Live

On July 2nd, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed the news that Mr Fletcher’s body had been found.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned by Plymouth’s assistant coroner earlier this week.

Mr Fletcher was a member of the Plymouth Sound Divers, a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club.

Following his death, the club issued a statement saying their colleague would be “sadly missed by all who knew him.”

Plymouth Sound Divers, a branch of BSAC, are deeply saddened by the loss of their friend and fellow diver who went missing following a dive off Plymouth on the evening of Monday, July 1, 2019.

Our colleague was an active, qualified and enthusiastic diver who dived with members of Plymouth Sound BSAC and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The branch wishes to extend their sincere condolences to our fellow diver’s family at this difficult time.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are subject to investigation by the Coroner’s office and so no further comment can be made by branch members regarding the incident itself.

– Plymouth Sound Divers