One of the three people who died in a Cornish surfing accident was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.
Stuart Calder, 52, and two other adults got into difficulties off Mawgan Porth beach in Newquay on Sunday.
They were pulled unconscious from the sea and taken to hospital in a serious condition, but were later pronounced dead.
Devon and Cornwall police said that two of the fatalities were a 44-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, both from St Austell.
It is now understood that the third man was Mr Calder, who worked as an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in treating knee conditions at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Four teenage boys – two aged 18, one aged 16 and one aged 15 – were also taken to hospital, but were found to be “safe and well”.
The RNLI’s Gareth Horner said: “My understanding is that... one of the casualties actually entered the sea to assist other people who were in trouble.”Reuse content