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24-year-old who died in swimming pool named as University of Cambridge Judge Business School graduate Dominic Hamlyn

A 24-year-old who died after being found unconscious in a swimming pool has been named as Cambridge Judge Business School graduate Dominic Hamlyn.

Police were called to a house in Crundale, a leafy village situated between Canterbury and Ashford in Kent, following an incident in a pool just after 3.30am on Sunday.

Dominic Hamlyn. Picture: LinkedIn (14466975)
Dominic Hamlyn. Picture: LinkedIn (14466975)

He was rushed to hospital, but later died.

He has been named locally as Dominic Hamlyn, son of renowned neurosurgeon Peter Hamlyn, famed for saving the life of boxer Michael Watson.

It is thought he had been visiting his family home, but the circumstances of his death remain unclear.

Mr Hamlyn graduated with a first class degree in science and engineering from UCL in London in 2017.

He went on to study for an MPhil in business administration and management at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, graduating this year.

He was considering roles roles in management, either corporate or consulting.

A spokesman for Cambridge Judge Business School told the Cambridge Independent: “The entire Cambridge Judge Business School community is incredibly saddened by the news.

“We send our condolences to the family, and will be reaching out to them to offer any assistance we can provide.”

In 2014, Mr Hamlyn ran the London Marathon in 2014, raising nearly £6,000 for the Brain and Spine Foundation founded by his father.

On a Just Giving page at the time, he wrote: “In my village five young children have just lost their mother to a brain tumour, one family cares for their daughter permanently disabled by a head injury, dementia is darkening the life of several neighbors but one fantastically has had his life saved by neurosurgery to release a blood clot on the brain and another freed from intense pain by spinal surgery. One of my best friends lost his dad to a stroke. My baby cousin, Maria, died of a disorder that stopped her brain developing.

“When I was a young boy I helped my father fund raising. He he and his patient, the injured boxer Michael Watson, along with his carer Lenny, walked the London marathon for the Brain and Spine Foundation.

“It took them six days and I swore when I was old enough I would run it. In the words of Michael, ‘for the benefit of others less fortunate than me’.”

Mr Hamlyn set up an online retail business called Mitchinson Random in September 2015 with a fellow UCL student, which sold incontinence pads to the UK market via Amazon.

They managed to turn a profit, but did not pursue the business because of their commitment to university studies.

In addition to being an accomplished student, who had studied astrophysics and politics, and learned Spanish, he was a capable rugby player.

He represented UCL's 1st XV for three years, and acted as sports officer for the university, representing more than 40,000 students.

A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating the circumstances around the incident, and at this stage the man’s death is being treated as unexplained.’’

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