Cornwall

Wreckage from angler Chris Newton's boat recovered

  • 9 December 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Chris Newton
Image caption Mr Newton's death is not being treated as suspicious

Wreckage from the boat of an angler who died after being pulled from the sea off Cornwall has been recovered.

A search was launched on Wednesday when Chris Newton failed to return home to Cadgwith from a fishing trip.

He was rescued off The Lizard by the crew of the survey vessel Triad after spending several hours in the water, but died later in hospital.

Mr Newton, who was aged 57, was the former environment director of the States of Jersey.

He worked for the Channel Island's government for seven years, before returning to Cornwall in 2009.

Brixham Coastguard said wreckage from Mr Newton's 13ft (4m) boat "Amy Jane" was found drifting near the Eddystone Reef at about 08:30 GMT.

The wreckage was recovered by the RNLI's Plymouth and Salcombe all-weather lifeboats.

It is not known how Mr Newton - who was a keen and experienced angler - ended up in the water.

Devon and Cornwall Police said his death was being treated as unexplained and a report was being prepared for Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon.

"Police will now carry out enquiries to fully understand the circumstances of the death, though it's not being treated as a suspicious incident at this time," a police spokesman said.

"Our thoughts are with the family and small community of the deceased at this clearly very difficult time."

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