Camper killed after tree falls on his tent

A 25-year-old man was killed after a tree fell on his tent while he was camping with his family in Cornwall.

Ryan O’Carroll, from Southampton, died after suffering serious head injuries in Tehidy Wooods, near Camborne, on Saturday.

It is believed he was staying with his wife Stephanee Leal O’Carroll and a ten-year-old boy at the time.

O’Carroll paid tribute to him on Instagram, writing: ‘Dear family and friends. Thank you soooo much for all the kind messages we have all received.

‘For all the love and support. Thank you. Ryan is a great guy and very loved and admired by everyone that knew him.’

Natalie Jupp, who lives locally, said she was passing at around 1am when she found a young boy in the road.

‘It was a freak accident. One of the trees had catapulted out of the ground,’ she said.

‘We were driving past the scene when we were flagged down by a young boy, around ten years old, with no shoes on. It was pitch black.

‘My 19-year-old son darted out and found a huge tree had crushed a man. He looked dead. It must’ve been 20ft.’

In the end three people managed to shift the tree just enough to treat the man.
Ms Jupp, who has first aid training, added: ‘He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. There were no signs of life.

‘The tree had crushed his skill, but eventually we managed to get a heartbeat. He was alive, but only just.

‘The whole of Tehidy Woods was heaving with police and five or six ambulances. It was horrific.’

Mr O’Carroll, who founded the award winning Yo Telecom, died in Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed it received a call following the accident.

A spokesman said: ‘Police were notified on Saturday, August 11, to reports of a concern of welfare of a man in his 20s who was believed to have been involved in an incident at Tehidy Country Park.

‘Reports came in that a man had received serious head injuries after a tree had fallen where the man had been staying in a tent and he was taken to Derriford Hospital.

‘The man later died as a result of injuries.

‘This is not being treated as a suspicious incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner.


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