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VIDEO: Major search operation for angler swept off rocks stood down for the day

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

  • Matt Pavitt from HM Coastguard, heading the search for a missing angler at Polzeath.

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A search and rescue operation to find an angler swept off rocks in North Cornwall has been stood down for the day

Emergency services were summoned to Rumps Point near Polzeath just before 9.45am this morning.

Air, land and sea based crews have spent the day scouring the area.

However, Falmouth Coastguard has just confirmed that the operation has been stood down for the day as the light fails and the area had been "saturated" with rescue crews.

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A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, as well as the Padstow lifeboat, has been involved in the operation, which was taking place in rough seas, with a 15 foot swell reported.

They were been joined at sea by the inshore lifeboats from both Rock and Port Isaac, although the two cres were stood down at 1.30pm.

The coastguard team from Polzeath is helping from the shore.

The missing man is believed to be in his 20's, and visiting the area for the day.

He is believed to have been fishing with a friend at the time of the incident.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The Padstow all weather Tamar class lifeboat, Rock’s D-class lifeboat and the D-class lifeboat from Port Isaac were launched at around 9.45am on the request of Falmouth Coastguard who had received a report of an angler who’d been washed off rocks into the sea.

"A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was also involved in the search.

"RNLI volunteers from the three stations searched the area off The Rumps, north east of Padstow.

"Conditions at the scene were described as not very pleasant, with a strong north westerly force 4 to 5 wind, 15 foot swell and cold air temperatures.

"Rock and Port Isaac RNLI crew were stood down around 1.30pm down by Falmouth Coastguard with the volunteer lifeboat crews returning to their respective stations, Padstow’s crew are continuing with the search."

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