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Man Swept From Loe Bar Named

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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

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