Devon

Devon RNLI 'devastated' over crewman death

Hartland Quay
Image caption The body of Jonny Staines was found at Hartland Quay

A man whose body was found on the north Devon coastline has been named as RNLI crewman Jonny Staines.

A coastguard rescue team found his body in Hartland Quay on Friday afternoon. Mr Staines, 36, had been missing from his Clovelly home since Thursday.

Police said his death was being investigated but appeared to be a "tragic accident".

Fellow RNLI crewmen at Clovelly said they were "devastated" by Mr Staines's death.

Neil Wonnacott, senior volunteer RNLI lifeboat helmsman, said: "I speak for the crew at Clovelly lifeboat station in saying that Jonny was a much loved, valued and respected member of the crew, and friend to us all, who will be sorely missed.

"We offer our sincere thanks to all involved in the search operation."

Nigel Jones, RNLI deputy divisional inspector, said: "We send our deepest condolences to Jonny's family and friends at this terrible time.

"When a search and rescue operation ends with such a tragic outcome, it is always difficult, but particularly so in this instance, as Jonny was one of the RNLI family.

"The lifeboat crew are devastated about this sad news and will take time to come to terms with the loss of one of their volunteer colleagues."

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