The security guard whose quick actions led a seriously injured Huddersfield man to get emergency help in a Devon resort was commended.

The guard, known only as Brian, was alerted in the early hours of Sunday morning by the barking of the man's dog at Brixham's laboratory gates at Freshwater Quarry.

This led to rocks where a 60-year-old man from Huddersfield was injured.

Shortly after, the body of a woman in her forties was found and removed from the sea by the coastguard.

She was declared dead on the scene.

Martin McGowan-Scanlon, chief executive of Profile Security Services, said: "We are very proud of Brian and pleased with his actions.

"He has been working for us at the Brixham lab for a while.

"He's a very modest man and he does not want any publicity.

"But he acted exactly the way he was trained and did everything necessary for the emergency services to go there."

The couple would have arrived in Brixham on vacation from Huddersfield the night before.

The injured man suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he is still in a "serious but stable condition".

The police in Devon and Cornwall claim that the death is treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

It's unclear how the holiday disaster unfolded, but a common theory among the locals is that the area is a popular spot for watching seals. One of the two people could have slipped on the rocks while they were trying to get a better view.

An inquiry should be opened tomorrow or Monday.

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