Surf skier dies at North Devon beach

A SURF skier has died after getting into difficulty at Barricane Beach, Woolacombe, this morning (Saturday). The 41-year-old man, thought to be an experienced surfer from the Bristol area, was with his young son when the incident happened at around 9am. T

A SURF skier has died after getting into difficulty at Barricane Beach, Woolacombe, this morning (Saturday).

The 41-year-old man, thought to be an experienced surfer from the Bristol area, was with his young son when the incident happened at around 9am.

The man was unconscious when he was pulled from the water and was given CPR on the beach before being airlifted by a Search and Rescue crew from Chivenor to North Devon District Hospital, where he later died.

Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious and that next-of-kin were being made aware.


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Following the incident, Swansea Coastguard called for all surf skiers to wear buoyancy aids to prevent another tragedy.

Watch manager David Hughes said: "Unexpected things can happen in the water no matter how experienced you are.

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"A buoyancy aid will keep you afloat and give rescuers extra time to get to you.

"If you're surfing the waves stay within your limits and wear a buoyancy aid. It could save your life.

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