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Tributes to man who died on diving trip to Lundy Island

09:16 29 July 2014

Lundy Island

Lundy Island

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Chris Hall, 58, was described as an ‘all round good guy’ who died doing something he ‘loved with a passion’.

THE sister of a man who died after a diving trip to Lundy Island on Friday has thanked rescuers for their efforts to save him.

Chris Hall, 58, was pulled unconscious from the water by coastguards after a mayday call from the Ilfracombe dive boat Obsession II at 2.11pm.

Mr Hall, who lived in Poole, Dorset, was airlifted to hospital by the RAF Sea King helicopter but he died shortly afterwards.

Carol Harris, Mr Hall’s sister, said he was the eldest of four children and leaves behind his partner Debbie, two daughters and one grand daughter.

She described him as an ‘all round good guy’ who had always been a sports fan and discovered a passion for diving later in life.

“Myself and other loved ones, take comfort in the fact he passed away in such a beautiful part of the world and doing something he really loved with a passion,” she said.

“I would like you to thank all the people involved in trying to save his life, sadly their efforts were in vain, but I thank them from the bottom of my heart for trying so hard.”

Police said the Heath and Safety Executive had been informed of the incident.

4 comments

  • I would like to thank everybody in the attempt to save my husbands life, sadly he passed away. Chris was a big man with an even bigger personality and lived life to the full. Diving with him was always such fun and he was paranoid about safety with all his dive buddies. I take great comfort that he knew nothing and died doing something he took such pleasure in. Once again thank you all so very, very much it meant a lot to us all, our daughters Samantha and Louise, our beautiful granddaughter Kimberley and his partner Debbie.

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    Heartbroken

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those involved in trying to save my partner, Chris. He will be dearly missed by many. knowing that he was in such a beautiful place swimming with the sea lions gives me great comfort. He had been saving up all year to go on the trip and was so excited when it finally came around. It was the first time we were ever apart. Thank you to all who were with him during his final hours trying to save him.

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    Debbie Mathews

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Like my sister and aunt has said... I would like to thank everyone involved with with trying to save my dad's life.. It means so much to us all ...such a devastating loss.. Bless you all x

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    sam alic

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Thank you to all that helped dad in his final hours, he is greatly missed but at least he died doing something he loved.

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    Louise Langford

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

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