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Tribute to car plunge death man

Jamie Hocking
Jamie Hocking was a "loveable rogue", his family said

The family of a 20-year-old Cornish man who died when the car he was in went into the sea have paid tribute to him.

A major rescue operation was launched on Friday night after the car Jamie Hocking was in was driven off the quay at Porthleven harbour.

A harbour crane pulled the car out and Mr Hocking, from Helston, was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Mr Hocking's family have described him as a "loveable rogue" who would be "truly missed by all who knew him".

In a statement the family added that they wanted to thank everyone for their support and kind messages of sympathy, as well as the emergency services who attended the scene of the accident.

A helicopter, fire crews, the RNLI, the coastguard, the harbourmaster and the police and ambulance service were all involved in the operation to rescue Mr Hocking after the car he was in, a white Rover hatchback, plunged into the sea at about 2130 GMT.

No other vehicles are thought to have been involved in the incident but an investigation is being held into Mr Hocking's death and police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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