Cornwall

PE teacher dies surfing off Perranporth beach

Tributes to Matt Upsher
Image caption Tributes have been left to Matt Upsher at the beach

A 31-year-old PE teacher from Cornwall has died while surfing off Perranporth.

Matt Upsher, from Perranporth and who had epilepsy, was surfing on Monday night with his brother.

The two became separated for about 20 minutes before Mr Upsher was found on Flat Rock beach. He was flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where he died.

Police are not treated the death as suspicious. The head teacher at Hayle Community School, where Mr Upsher worked, has paid tribute to him.

'Deeply missed'

Falmouth coastguard was alerted and a St Agnes lifeboat and RNAS Culdrose rescue helicopter were launched after Mr Upsher was found at about 2000 BST on Monday.

An off-duty doctor who was in the area at the time gave Mr Upsher CPR before he was airlifted to hospital, coastguards said.

Head teacher Chris Jackman said Mr Upsher joined Hayle School in September 2001 as a newly qualified teacher, became head of PE in 2004 and was a "much valued colleague".

She said: "Matt was passionate about the pupils and cared deeply for his colleagues. Pupils often commented on how much they had learned from Matt.

"We will miss him deeply and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Flowers and tributes have been laid at the beach.

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