A fisherman pulled from the sea after going missing for three hours last night has died.
The man, understood to be in his sixties and from a small village in the Lizard peninsula, was plucked from the ocean off Cadgwith shortly before 8pm yesterday evening.
Full circumstances have yet to be learnt, though it is thought the man had been fishing alone in his own boat.
The major rescue was sparked just after 7pm when a concerned friend raised the alarm to say the angler had not returned back to Cadgwith from a lunchtime fishing trip at the expected time.
He had been due to return in his small punt at 4pm.
The Lizard lifeboat, the rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were scrambled to the scene along with other boats, and coastguard teams from Porthoustock, Mullion and the South Cornwall sector manager who began a search of the coastline.
They were assisted by survey vessel Triad and fishing vessel Scorpio who scoured the waters.
Shortly before 8pm the survey vessel Triad pulled the fisherman from the water.
It is understood that the fisherman was then transferred to the Lizard lifeboat and then onto the RNAS search and rescue helicopter which flew him to Treliske hospital where he was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later.
A police spokesman said: “This is being treated as an unexplained death.
"Police will now carry out enquiries to fully understand the circumstances of the death, though it’s not being treated as a suspicious incident at this time.
"A report will then be produced for the coroner. Our thoughts are with the family and small community of the deceased at this clearly very difficult time.”