An eminent neurosurgeon has described how he fought in vain to save his son after he was pulled unconscious from a swimming pool during his brother’s 21st birthday party at the family home.
Peter Hamlyn, famed for saving the life of boxer Michael Watson when he was injured during a world title fight with Chris Eubank in 1991, paid tribute on Monday to his “beautiful, beautiful boy” on whom he desperately performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
Dominic Hamlyn, 24, who had a first-class degree in astrophysics, had delivered a “brilliant speech” for his youngest brother, Benedict, just moments before jumping in the pool.
Their heartbroken father said: “We are broken. If he is to be remembered, it is as a hero and one of the world’s helpers.”
Paramedics were called to the family’s sprawling, Grade II-listed £3m farmhouse in Crundale, near Ashford in Kent, at 3.30am on Sunday but were unable to save the gifted student, who had been studying for a Masters at Cambridge.
Dr Hamlyn, 62, revealed that his son, who was “almost sober”, had gone for a dip with friends shortly after giving a speech.