Tragic Leeds surgeon hailed as hero after dying while trying to help others

Stuart Calder

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A Leeds knee surgeon who is believed to have died while trying to save four children from the sea have paid tribute to him as a “hero”.

Stuart Calder, 52, and two other adults were pulled unconscious from the water off Mawgan Porth beach in Newquay, Cornwall on Sunday afternoon and later pronounced dead.

The two others were named by police as Rachel Dunn, 42, and Kevin Reynolds, 44, both from St Austell.

Mr Calder worked as an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in treating knee conditions at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and The Yorkshire Knee Clinic.

Four teenage boys - two aged 18, one aged 16 and one aged 15 - were taken to hospital after the incident but were found to be “safe and well”.

Patients and colleagues of Mr Calder’s paid tribute online, with a tweet from the Orthopaedic Network saying his death was “a massive blow for orthopaedics”.

A former patient of his wrote: “Shocked to hear of death of Stuart Calder. Reconstructed both my knees and was a credit to his profession.”

Another woman described Mr Calder as “one of the best consultants I’ve ever worked with” and a “hero”.

Mr Calder’s mother Gillian told the Times: “My heart is broken, that’s all I can say.”