Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Man Swept From Loe Bar Named
7:01am 7th January 2014
Friends of the man swept to his death at Loe Bar have told how they battled to get clear of a massive wave.
Most managed to escape when a new year's paddle went wrong - but it cost Harry Swordy his life.
The 27 year old from Guildford was visiting Cornwall with a group of friends and his sister.
The water they were paddling in was only knee deep - when a fifteen foot wave crashed in.
Friend Tom Luddington wrote on his blog: "He was with his sister and friends, and celebrating the beginning of a new year at the beach. Some of the others were also taken by the wave, but thankfully managed to get ashore."
Falmouth coastguard launched a big search operation for Mr Swordy, including the Penlee and Lizard lifeboats and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.
But they were hampered by atrocious weather conditions.
The next morning a dog walked found Mr Swordy's body on the beach at Porthleven.
Mr Luddington said: "Harry was such an amazing character, so full of life, warmth and plans for the future. He will be missed.
"Harry, amongst other talents, was a professional story teller. His stories were full of beauty, wonder and they were clever and moving.
"We are campaigning that the storm, named by the US media as Hercules, be re-named Storm Harry in his memory. It feels right thast a legend begin about wonderful Harry that he danced up the biggest storm ever, barefoot in the sea."7:01am 7th January 2014
Share This StoryTweet
WATCH: Autistic man's duet with Cornish teen goes viral
Their video's had almost one million views!
Man arrested after armed police operation
Penzance officers think a reported gun was fake
Westminster terror attack: Three injured police officers named
National News: Three police officers injured in the Westminster attack have been named as PC Kris Aves, PC Roger Smith and PC Bradley Bryant, according to reports.
Twin Peaks: The 'damn good' revival TV needs
Showbiz News: The cast is older, David Lynch is less edgy and Laura Palmer is still dead, but we need Twin Peaks now more than ever.
Remains of German WWII pilot and crashed plane discovered in Denmark after more than 70 years
World News: A German fighter pilot killed when his plane crashed in Denmark has been identified after more than 70 years.
Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Sports News: Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup ahead of Minella Rocco and Native River.