Cornwall

Dead tourist caught in rip current named as Oneil Din

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Image caption Surfers rescued Oneil Din from the water along with two other swimmers

A swimmer who died after being caught in a rip current off Cornwall has been named as 27-year-old Oneil Din from Coventry.

Friends have paid tribute to Mr Din online, including The Great Commission Ministry church who said: "We thank you for your smiles and laughter."

The holidaymaker was swept out to sea at Crantock near Newquay on Tuesday.

He was found with two other swimmers who were treated in hospital.

The 17 and 18-year-olds are not thought to have been seriously injured.

Image caption Two lifeguards rescued 11 bodyboarders at Crantock beach earlier this month

Mr Din was a popular youth worker who was looked up to as a "big brother" by those he gave his time to, and was "well-known and much loved", according to the chairman of a Filipino community charity.

Edward Lopez, chairman of the Handog Natin Charity, said the death was a "big shock" to Coventry's large Filipino community.

"He's part of the youth group in Coventry and so he's seen as the bigger brother to the younger people.

"I think they go to Cornwall on a yearly basis, as part of a big group."

"It's very shocking", he added, saying Mr Din was a "fit and really sporty guy".

Crantock is known for its strong currents due to a river which runs across the beach.

On 4 August, 11 bodyboarders were rescued from a strong current by RNLI lifeguards.

An inquest into the death of Mr Din was opened and adjourned in Truro earlier. No cause of death was recorded.

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