A man who died at a Falmouth beach after being pulled from the water two weeks ago has been officially named.

Emergency services were called to Gyllyngvase Beach during the evening of Saturday, August 14, following reports that a person had got into difficulties in the sea.

Despite the best efforts of local swimmers and Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club members who had been there training, who were said to have given CPR on the beach, subsequently followed by emergency services, the man sadly died.

Now an inquest has been opened into the death of Sturgis Watts, aged 47 from Falmouth.

A full inquest at a later date will look at the details and circumstances of what happened that evening.

At the time Devon and Cornwall Police issued a statement to say: "Police were called at 6.50pm to Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, along with other emergency services, following reports that a man had been pulled from the sea.

"The man, in his 40s, was confirmed deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

Police cordons were put up at Gyllyngvase Beach, with the area cleared while the air ambulance landed.

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The helicopter landing behind the beach before it was cleared. Picture: Sophie Sweatman 

The helicopter landed on a field above the beach and took off just before 7.30pm, although it is not thought it was used.

Witnesses at the time said a person could be seen being carried on a stretcher from the water's edge and transferred into an ambulance.

Coastguards were also at the scene, with the beach described as a "no go zone" by the witness.