Man dies after river incident in Ivybridge

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(Last Updated On: June 16, 2021)

A man has died after an incident at the River Erme yesterday evening, Tuesday 15 June.

The man is reported to have gone into the water to help a child who was in difficulty.

Emergency services attended the incident at around 7.10pm. Police, ambulance crews, a BASICS doctor, fire crews and the air ambulance attended but sadly the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A spokesperson for Ivybridge Police said: “Police were called at around 7.10pm yesterday evening, Tuesday 15 June, by the Ambulance Service to a report of concern for a man in the River Erme, near Station Road, Ivybridge.

“It was reported that he went into the water to help a child in difficulty.

“Ambulance crews from Derriford, Fire Co-Responders, a BASICS Doctor, Fire crews from Ivybridge and Modbury, and the Specialist Water Rescue Team from Camels Head, and the Devon Air Ambulance also attended.

“Despite everyones best efforts, a man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“His next-of-kin are aware. His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

“On behalf of all of the emergency services who attended, we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences.”

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