By Johnny O'Shea
BBC News

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As they walk down a stone stairwell to the sands of the English seaside resort of Newquay, thousands of beach-goers pass – but do not notice – a plaque reading "Karl's Steps".

Even for the observant and curious, the details are difficult to find. As an internet search term, it brings up no relevant results.

There are, however, a few people in the Cornish town who remember a 22-year-old lifeguard who had only been there for six weeks. Who remember a spirited and popular Australian with a sense of wanderlust. Who remember 1986 and the freak accident and the unlucky death. Who remember Karl Edwards.

This is his story.