The girlfriend of a 22-year-old man who died after a crash on his jet ski in Devon has said she is "heartbroken".

Billy James, an electrician who lived in Torquay, died in Torbay Hospital on Tuesday 26 May after a rescue mission involving paramedics and the RNLI.

He was riding a jet ski in Teignmouth that he and a friend had reportedly purchased the same morning.

Mr James' girlfriend, 19-year-old Morgan Schween, said she is "absolutely heartbroken" and has thanked the emergency services who tried to save his life.

Mr James had recently moved from London to Torquay. Credit: Family photo

The incident happened on Tuesday evening after Mr James got into difficulty while riding on the jet ski out at sea.

Devon and Cornwall Police received a call at around 9.40pm.

Team members from Teignmouth Coastguard, Teignmouth RNLI and South Western Ambulance Service were also in attendance and administered CPR to try and save the 22-year-old's life.

Morgan, who had been in an on-off relationship with Mr James for two years, said he moved to Torquay from London in December.

Speaking to Devon Live, she said: "I wasn't with him when it happened. He had bought the jet ski yesterday morning and gone halves on it with a friend.

"He's ridden jet skis before and always wanted his own."

Mr James reportedly bought the jet ski on the same day he died. Credit: Family photo

According to Morgan, onlookers saw her boyfriend fall off the jet ski and fail to get back on, prompting them to call 999.

He later died at Torbay Hospital, despite best efforts to save him.

Morgan said she received a call at 5am on Wednesday 27 May from his brother to break the tragic news of his death.

I'm absolutely heartbroken. I had no idea he had even had an accident.

Morgan Schween

Mr James was originally from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.

His girlfriend said he had big plans for the future - including building his own house, starting a family and launching his own business.

He wanted to build his own house and start a family. He had it all planned out, but some things just don't go to plan.

Morgan Schween

Mr James' death is the third in a matter of days along the West Country's coastline, prompting calls from the RNLI to restrict access to beaches.

On Bank Holiday Monday a 17-year-old girl died after an inflatable boat capsized near Wadebridge.

In a separate incident a man died at Treyarnon Bay in Padstow after he was pulled from the water by a member of the public.

Another man was also rescued by surfers in Porthtowan, Truro, and taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where he is still receiving treatment for “life-changing injuries”.

Devon and Cornwall Police is asking members of the public for information relating to any of the incidents along the coastline in recent days.

For more information about, visit the police website.