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Mawgan Porth beach tragedy: Son pays tribute to father

Kevin Reynolds Image copyright Michael Reynolds
Image caption Kevin Reynolds died at Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

The son of a man who died in the sea off Cornwall along with two other people has paid tribute to his father.

Kevin Reynolds, 44, from St Austell, Cornwall, was a "fun-loving" dad, his teenage son Michael said.

Mr Reynolds, Rachel Dunn, 42, also from St Austell, and another man died after being pulled from the sea at Mawgan Porth beach, near Newquay, on Sunday.

The BBC understands the other victim was Stuart Calder, 52, a knee surgeon from Leeds.

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Image caption The three adults were taken from the sea unconscious and received medical treatment on the beach

Michael Reynolds, 17, whose mother is Mr Reynolds's 52-year-old ex-wife Karen, said: "He was fun-loving and honest. He was always the life of the party.

"Everyone loved to be around him. We will dearly miss him. He raised my three step-sisters and they all loved him very much."

Michael said the death of Mr Reynolds had left his mother "numb".

'Very shocked'

Witnesses have said the victims went into the sea to help a group of young surfers in difficulty.

Four teenagers managed to get out of the water and survived.

It is believed they were caught in a rip current - a fierce stream of water rushing out to sea.

A spokesman from Mr Reynolds' employer, Prolift Access, an aerial platforms hire company, said his colleagues were "very shocked and saddened".

He said: "I offer our deepest condolences to all of Kevin's family and friends for their loss and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time."

Eric Hanson paid tribute to his childhood friend Mr Calder.

He said: "He was very compassionate and very generous and a friend to all."

Image caption Leeds surgeon Stuart Calder is believed to have been among the victims

The beach is only patrolled by lifeguards during the summer so was not covered by any on Sunday.

Coastguards said they received "multiple 999 calls" at about 13:15 GMT and a search was launched involving rescue teams from Newquay and Padstow Coastguard, RNLI lifeboats and a Royal Navy helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

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