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River Fal Drowning Pensioner's Family Pay Tribute

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:20pm 2nd April 2013. (Updated at 5:29pm 2nd April 2013)

A family has said there are no words to thank the diver who tried to save the pensioner drowned in the River Fal.

Ann Pewter died after her car rolled down the Roseland slipway for the King Harry Ferry.

Diver Matt Vernon dashed into the Carrick Roads without oxygen to try to pull her to safety.

Ann's family said her death had left an "enormous hole" in their lives.

The full statement reads: "Following the tragic death of Mrs Ann Pewter at the King Harry Ferry on Wednesday March 20th 2013, the family are still coming to terms with her loss.
 
"Ann and her husband had retired to this beautiful part of the country and had lived in Tavistock for a number of years. Ann was a keen photographer.
 
"She was passionately interested in wildlife, animal welfare, gardens and the great outdoors generally.
 
"She had holidayed in Cornwall frequently and loved photographing its beautiful gardens and spectacular coast.
Her loss, and that of her lovely dogs, has created an enormous hole in our lives that cannot be filled.
 
"We would like to thank everyone involved in the tragedy, who went above the call of duty in their attempts to save Ann and her dogs.
 
"We have no words to express our thanks to the diver for his selfless efforts and disregard of his own personal safety in attempting to recover the car.
 
"We would also like to thank many friends, neighbours and family whose exceptional kindness and support has been invaluable as we come to terms with our loss."

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