UPDATE: Rescuer describes vain attempts to save Brixham harbour fall man
A MAN died after falling into Brixham Harbour yesterday afternoon.
Today one of the people who tried to rescue the man spoke of the desperate attempts to save him.
Torbay's inshore lifeboat was called after the man fell into the harbour around 1pm.
He was said to be unconscious in the water near the moored sailing trawler Pilgrim in the Inner Harbour.
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Rod Coveney of the Pilgrim Trust was on board the heritage vessel at the time as students from South Devon College rehearsed a performance for this weekend's Brixfest.
Mr Coveney said: "The man seemed to fall backwards into the harbour.
"I ran down to the steps and got into the water, got him up on to the steps and started CPR. It was quite difficult to get him out of the water."
Mr Coveney was joined by one of the college students and another member of the Pilgrim Trust as they battled to save the man.
Paramedics were quickly on the scene, said Mr Coveney, and they continued efforts to resuscitate the man.
An area of the harbourside was cordoned off.
Police later confirmed that they had been called just after 1pm by the coastguard.
A spokesman said the man's death was being investigated but was not believed to be suspicious.
A spokesman for the RNLI said it was not known how the man came to be in the harbour.
The identity of the casualty has not been released.