Helston man washed from rocks had worked with Steven Spielberg
A HELSTON man who worked with movie mogul Steven Spielberg died when swept from rocks on his first fishing expedition.
Lindsay Gordon, known as Sandy, had bought his first fishing kit on the morning of his tragic death on July 29, 2012.
An inquest heard local surfers saw Mr Gordon, 51, from Church Street, being "engulfed" by a wave over rocks at Rinsey Head, near Porthleven, and taken into the ocean.
Surfers Michael Bates and Luke Marsh raised the alarm and the RNAS Culdrose helicopter winched Mr Gordon from the sea and flew him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where he did not regain consciousness and died six days later.
Mr Gordon's mother, Marion Gordon, told the West Briton her son was "very gifted" and had worked on the animation of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, produced by Spielberg.
At the inquest in Truro on Monday Mr Marsh described in a statement how he and Mr Bates had gone to Rinsey Head National Trust car park to check surfing conditions and seen Mr Gordon leave his van with fishing equipment.
He saw Mr Gordon at the area known locally as Flat Rock. He said: "He ran about four paces back when I saw a large wave break over the rocks and over the male. He was being rolled around in the wave and was washed into the sea."
Mr Bates described the surf as "very large – in the region of 15 to 20ft". He said: "I saw a large wave crash on the rocks and engulf him."
The inquest heard Mr Gordon was face down in the water for approximately 20 minutes before he was picked up.
Detective Constable David Stamp told the inquest that Mr Gordon's mother could not believe her son had died as "he didn't like fishing".
"He had purchased the fishing equipment that day from a local supermarket," he said.
After the inquest, Mrs Gordon said: "He liked the sea but he didn't go fishing. He bought himself a cheap rod from Lidl and went fishing."
Mr Gordon also worked on Fievel Goes West, an animated film starring John Cleese that came out in 1991.
Mrs Gordon said: "He was such a clever man, it's such a loss."
Cornwall Coroner Emma Carlyon ruled that Mr Gordon's death was accidental.