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.