A man has died in what is understood to be an industrial incident onboard a fishing vessel in Newlyn Harbour.

Emergency services were called at around 4.15pm yesterday, with the police, fire service and ambulance service all involved. The air ambulance also landed nearby.

Police have confirmed the local man's death and that his next of kin have been informed, but have not gone into details about the incident.The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed.

Penlee RNLI lifeboat Ivan Ellen was later launched to bring home a family member of the man, as he had been working out at sea onboard a Newlyn trawler at the time of the tragedy. 

A lifeboat spokesperson said: "During the afternoon Newlyn was rocked by the news that a local young man lost his life in a tragic accident working onboard a fishing vessel in the harbour, despite the very best of efforts from our local emergency services.

"At 9.40pm, with Newlyn Harbour Master onboard, Ivan Ellen launched.

"Penlee Lifeboat met with Newlyn beam trawler Billy Rowney five miles SE of Newlyn, transferred the skipper to the lifeboat under very sad circumstances to take him home to his family.

"All the Penlee team would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincere and heartfelt condolences to family and friends."

The crew onboard the lifeboat include Hop Church pastor Jason Ward, along with coxswain Patch Harvey, Tony Rendle, Will Treneer, Dan Sell and Craig Neal.

A charity auction due to be held in aid of Newlyn Harbour Lights this evening has been postponed as a mark of respect, with the group saying: "Sending our thoughts and deepest condolences to all the families."