An investigation into how a 58-year-old fell from the pier is now underway

Police have confirmed a 58-year-old man has died after a fall from Ilfracombe pier this afternoon (Monday).

He was rushed to hospital by the ambulance service following the fall just before 2.30pm.

Initial reports said he had suffered severe injuries and was treated at Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station.

An investigation is now underway to find out what happened and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch will also begin its own enquiry.

Police said it was unclear at this stage why the man had fallen.

Diana Hill, head of property and technical services for North Devon Council, said: "We are aware there has been a serious incident and we are co-operating with the relevant parties."

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