Man dies, woman critical after lake fall

Author: PA

Police were called to Tinhay Lake, in Lifton, Devon just before 1am today,
after a report that the pair had tumbled into the water.

Police, fire and ambulance crews went to the three-acre lake, owned by the
Arundell Arms which advertises itself as “one of Britain’s premier fishing
hotels”.

A woman in her 30s was pulled from the water, which can reach 90ft deep, by
people at the scene and taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth by RAF
helicopter.

She is in a critical condition this morning.

After an “extensive search” for the man, aged around 50, involving 30 police
officers, divers and a helicopter, a body was found at 5.20am.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: “We are conducting inquiries
into the incident but, at this time, this appears to be a tragic accident
with no suspicious circumstances.”

The private lake, at the bottom of the village was formerly a limestone
quarry. Its water is described as “gin-clear” and boasts “superb” stocks of
brown and rainbow trout up to 10lbs.

The hotel’s visitors also enjoy shooting, horse-riding and birdwatching.

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