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#StormHarry: Twitter Appeal Launched To Rename Storm In Tribute To Harry Swordy Drowned In Cornwall New Years Eve Tragedy

07/01/2014 05:35 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT

A Twitter campaign has been launched to honour a 27-year-old man who was swept to his death during New Years Eve celebrations.

Harry Swordy tragically drowned in the first few hours of the New Year near Loe Bar - a shingle bank near Porthleven, Cornwall.

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Sea storm victim Harry Swordy

Conditions at the time were described by coastguards as "atrocious" with winds gusting to severe gale force 9 and with 10-foot high waves.

A search by HM Coastguard Falmouth was carried out before a body was found on a beach the following day.

Now, his friends, who have described him as "an amazing character, so full of life, warmth and plans for the future," have launched a Twitter campaign to honour him.

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In an emotional appeal, they have asked that the latest storm to batter Britain, named by the US media as Hercules, be re-named Storm Harry in his memory.

They originally targeted the Met Office but were told that they had no responsibility for names, so the campaign is now focused on getting the media to refer to the storm as Harry.

"If feels right that a legend begin about wonderful Harry that he danced up the biggest storm ever, barefoot in the sea," one friend poignantly wrote.