24-year-old Cambridge Uni student and son of renowned neurosurgeon found drowned in pool at $4.3mn mansion after late-night party
CANTERBURY, KENT: Dominic Hamlyn, the son of one of Britain's top neurosurgeons Peter Hamlyn, was found dead after he drowned in an outdoor swimming pool at his family's £3.5million ($4.3 million) mansion in Kent on Sunday, July 28, police said.
The 24-year-old Cambridge University student was reportedly having a swim after a late-night party at the country home when he got into difficulties.
At around 3.30 am, emergency services had rushed to the sprawling Old Rectory in Crundale after receiving several 999 calls reporting a possible drowning. Dominic was immediately rushed to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford but was soon pronounced dead.
"Police were called to a house in Crundale, Canterbury at 3.37am on Sunday, 29 July 2019 following an incident in a swimming pool where a man was found unconscious," a spokesperson for Kent Police was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Police are investigating the circumstances around the incident and at this stage, the man's death is being treated as unexplained."
Dominic was one among the brightest student of his University. He was studying at University College London where he received a First Class Honours degree in science and engineering.
Apart from doing really well in academics, Dominic was also good at sports. He was a rugby player and made sure that he managed sports and academics side by side.
Dominic was also elected as elected sports officer during his undergraduate degree. He then decided to pursue a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
A post-mortem examination will be conducted in order to assert the exact cause for his death. A spokesperson for the Kent police said, "Police are investigating the circumstances around in the incident and at this stage, the man's death is being treated as unexplained."
There have been no details as to how Dominic came to be in the swimming pool around the early morning.
Dominic was the middle child of neurological and spinal surgeon Peter Hamlyn, who nearly 30 years ago carried out life-saving operations on former Commonwealth middleweight boxing titleholder Michael Watson.
Peter even started his own Brain and Spine Foundation. Dominic was always supportive of his father's career and hoped to be like him one day.
He even ran for London's Marathon for Brain & Spine Foundation in the year 2014 and encouraged people to participate while also making a generous donation towards the cause.