Launceston Community Leisure Centre at Coronation Park recently made a statement about a couple of tragic incidents affecting two men at the site on 16th and 18th July 2023.

On Facebook, the Centre announced the sad news:

We can confirm that the first incident on Sunday 16th July involved a leisure centre member who suffered a medical episode following his swim. The lifeguards, along with a nurse who was using the facility at the time, were able to assist him until the emergency services arrived. He was flown by Cornwall Air Ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. We were shocked and saddened to hear the news that his condition deteriorated later that day and he passed away in hospital.

On Tuesday 18th July leisure centre staff went to assist where a gentleman working in the park had been found collapsed and unresponsive. The leisure centre’s AED defibrillator was used and lifeguards performed manual CPR, along with assistance from a member of the public, until the emergency services arrived. Distressingly, he was confirmed deceased by the emergency services attending the scene.

We would like to thank Cornwall Air Ambulance, Devon & Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service for all their support, including checking on the welfare of the staff involved. We would also like to say how proud we are of the emergency response from the centre staff and, in particular, the lifeguards who assisted directly with these two extremely distressing incidents.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the two gentlemen involved at this very difficult time.