Devon

Plymouth university student death investigated

Plymouth Hoe
Image caption An MoD launch recovered the body near the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club

The death of a student found floating in the sea off Devon is being investigated.

The body of the 20-year-old man, who has not been named, was spotted off Plymouth Hoe on Sunday by a member of the public.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were keeping an open mind about the Plymouth University student's death.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or spoken to him after midnight on Saturday.

The student's body was recovered by a Ministry of Defence boat near the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club.

'Busy' Hoe

He was wearing dark clothing and is described as about 5ft 10in (1.8m) tall, with short dark hair which was "longish" on top.

CCTV images studied by detectives have shown the Hoe area was "fairly busy" in the early hours of Sunday.

"If you think you may have seen this man, or spoke to him - or perhaps you saw someone acting a little unusual that stuck in your memory - then we'd like to hear from you," a spokesperson said.

Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

No formal identification has taken place but police confirmed the student's family had been told.

Plymouth University confirmed the man was a student and said it was working closely with the police.

"We are very sad to confirm the death of one of our students over the weekend," a university statement said.

"Our thoughts are firmly with the family and those closest to the deceased, and we will be doing all we can to support them at this difficult time."

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