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Divers' bodies found on shipwreck
Boating searching around the wreck area
Boats in the area joined the search after a Mayday signal was broadcast
The bodies of two divers have been found on a wreck off Cornwall.

A major air and sea search was held when they failed to resurface and their air supplies were due to run out.

The pair, a man and a woman who are believed to be from Gloucestershire, had gone to explore the bow of the Scylla wreck in Whitsand Bay.

A police spokesman said the bodies were found by divers inside the wreck. The deaths are being investigated but are not believed to be suspicious.

The pair, aged in their 40s, had gone out to the wreck on board the crewed Maid Maggie boat.

They were due to resurface at 1130 BST and had enough air to last for another hour.

Artificial reef

A major search of the area was carried out by lifeboats, yachts, fishing vessels and two Royal Navy helicopters.

The yachts and fishing vessels responded to a Mayday signal broadcast by Brixham Coastguard.

Scylla wreck off Whitsand Bay
The Scylla was sunk in 2004 to create Britain's first artificial reef

A military helicopter from the warship Nottingham joined the lifeboat search and rigid inflatable boats from the warship Campbeltown were also involved.

The man's body was recovered by divers at about 1500 BST and the woman's body was located and recovered on another dive at about 1620 BST.

Thousands of divers have visited the Scylla, an ex-Royal Navy warship, since she was deliberately sunk in March 2004 to create Britain's first artificial reef.

No-one from the National Marine Aquarium, which owns the wreck, was available for comment.




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