Cornwall

Cornwall tourist caught in rip current 'inspirational'

Oneil and Suneil Din Image copyright Din Family
Image caption Suneil Din (left) said his brother Oneil, who died in Cornwall, was "inspirational"

An "inspirational" man who died after being caught in a rip current while on holiday had planned to move to London to pursue his "passion" for music, his brother said.

Oneil Din, 27, from Coventry, was swept out to sea while swimming at Crantock near Newquay, Cornwall, on 15 August.

Older bother Suneil Din said he was due to move to the capital next month with his band and to become a music teacher.

The family visited the beach and scattered flower petals on the sand.

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Image caption Youth worker Oneil Din had been on a holiday in Cornwall with the youth group from his church
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Image caption The Din family visited Crantock with the youth group and the two teenagers who were also rescued

Mr Din said he would miss the "the little moments when we were just messing about" the most.

The pair were born in Libya to a Pakistani father and a Filipino mother. They moved to Coventry in 2001 when their mother got a job as a nurse.

Oneil played keyboard and was a "well-known and much loved" youth worker at The Great Commission Ministry church in Coventry.

His brother had last seen Oneil a few days before.

He said: "I could have maybe said 'I love you' and hugged him, just maybe shown more emotions.

"I keep telling the youths to never forget to show love or show emotion."

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Image caption Oneil (left) and Suneil Din, with their mother
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Image caption The brothers swimming in the sea on a holiday in Dorset
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Image caption Suneil Din said he wished he had told his brother he loved him in the days before he died

Oneil was found with two other swimmers, aged 17 and 18, who were treated in hospital but were not seriously injured.

Mr Din has been told by the teenagers that Oneil was not in deep water and was standing when the current pulled him out.

Image caption Eleven days before Oneil's death, 11 bodyboarders were rescued from a strong current by RNLI lifeguards

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

An inquest into the death of Mr Din has been opened and adjourned. No cause of death was recorded.

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