The man swept out to sea near Polzeath yesterday has been named as Mike Bindon
After receiving consent from Mr Bindon’s parents, Cornwall Coastguard named the 23 year-old from Plymouth this afternoon.
The Coastguard continued their search for the missing angler today, but said the focus of the operation had turned from a rescue to a body recovery mission.
Matt Pavitt, the coastguard sector manager for north Cornwall told ITV West Country: “We are now at a stage where I think it's unlikely that anyone could survive in the sea for that length of time, but as part of our search process we'll continue today.”
If Mr Bindon is not recovered before nightfall the case will be handed over to Devon and Cornwall Police.
The 23 year-old was swept out to sea while fishing with his friend at The Rumps, a rocky outcrop near Polzeath at around 9.40 yesterday morning.
His friend immediately called 999 and Falmouth Coastguard sent lifeboats from Polzeath, Padstow and Port Isaac to search for him.
A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was also involved in the search.