Sunbather crushed to death by 1.5 tonne rock while on holiday with wife

A 66-year-old sunbather died instantly after he was crushed during a cliff collapse at a beach in Cornwall.

Emergency services were called to Sandymouth Bay beach in Bude, on Tuesday (July 16) to reports of a man dying.

The tourist was standing in front of the cliff when the rocks fell at the well-known beauty spot, CornwallLive reported .

Police have now revealed that the man, who was on holiday with his wife when the incident happened, is from East Hampshire.

His body remained trapped under a large rock until yesterday evening, when it was recovered by coastguards.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said today: "The body of a man who died following an incident at Sandymouth Beach in Bude on Tuesday has been recovered.

"The deceased is a 66-year-old man from East Hampshire, his next of kin have been informed and a file is to be prepared for the coroner."

Yesterday, HM Coastguard senior operations officer Neil Oliver explained that the man was trapped under a large rock, believed to weigh 1.5 tonne.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Oliver said: “We were called to a report of a person trapped under rocks from a cliff fall.

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