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Hawaiian paddle-out for Cornish surfer Grant Clarey

Flowers to remember Grant
Image caption The Hawaiian-style paddle-out was held at Fistral Beach, Newquay

Dozens of surfers have paid tribute in a Hawaiian style to a man who died after battling with depression.

Grant Clarey, 21, from Newquay, Cornwall, was a volunteer with the charity Surf Action and a well-known local surfer who took his own life in February.

About 50 members of the surfing community have taken part in the paddle-out at Newquay's Fistral Beach.

The charity's Andy Card said: "It's a sad occasion and he will be missed."

He said: "He was a lifeguard and a very popular young man.

"The family thought this was what Grant would want. It's a tradition where we paddle out and form a circle and remember him."

Before the ceremony, Mr Card said it would allow the surfers to "remember the good times [in the sea] where Grant was most at home".

Mr Clarey was found dead at a holiday park in the town after posting on social media that he was feeling alone just hours before his death.

Surf Action is a charity dedicated to supporting military veterans and their families.

Image caption About 50 members of the surfing community took part in the paddle-out ceremony

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