PICTURE: Man dies after being pulled from the sea off Torquay
A MAN has died after being pulled from the sea off Torquay seafront.
The man's death is the second in successive nights at sea off the resort (see separate story).
The Torbay lifeboat battled terrible sea conditions to pull the man out of the water near the Princess Theatre.
A spokesman for the Torbay lifeboat said the alarm was raised just after 8pm on Tuesday when a man was seen in the water close to the theatre.
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The all-weather lifeboat was launched from Brixham in winds of up to 60 knots and arrived on scene at 8.30pm.
With only two metres of water depth and fierce waves, coxswain Mark Criddle battled to keep the 38-ton lifeboat in position and prevent it from colliding with the sea wall.
Crew member Ryan Bradfield, a strong swimmer, donned a dry suit and went into the water. He and the casualty were then pulled on board the lifeboat where Doctor Alex Rowe and fellow RNLI volunteer crew member Michelle Fox tried to resuscitate the man.
After 20 minutes of CPR and with the lifeboat by now inside Torquay harbour, an ambulance crew took over.
However, the man was pronounced dead on arrival at Torbay Hospital.
The operation also included Coastguards and police officers.
Mr Criddle said: "All the emergency services worked well together.
"The lifeboat crew did absolutely everything by the book, as did the other services."