An angler who is feared to have been swept out to sea while fishing in North Cornwall has been described as a loving son, brother and uncle who will be sorely missed.
Rescuers searching for Michael Bindon after he was swept off rocks in Polzeath on Wednesday have called off a search operation and are now waiting to recover his body.
The 23-year-old from Efford, Plymouth, loved fishing and would often go several times a week.
His family have said he was a brilliant son and brother, fantastic friend and great uncle to his nieces and nephew.
Mum, Jackie White, said the Tesco worker made everybody laugh and everyone that knew him is going to miss him terribly.
“He absolutely loved fishing,” she said.
“If he wasn’t fishing or working he would be in his room with his girlfriend watching DVDs.
“He could be a pain in the arse when he was at home but he was very, very loving and would do anything for anyone.
“He made everybody laugh and has so many great friends that are going to miss him. He was lazy as well and very vain.
He was a brilliant son and a fantastic friend and a brilliant uncle as well.”
Michael was uncle to Kai, Tyler and Teigan.
“They loved him to bits, they are going to be gutted,” Jackie added.
Michael’s dad, Phil Bindon, said: “Everybody loved him, he was a likeable lad. He wasn’t a naughty boy, he wasn’t wayward, he was a free spirit, he had his tattoos and was his own person.
“He was really beginning to get his life sorted, looking to settle down and was looking forward to the future – it’s just so sad.
“Michael really loved life, he was kind and loved his nieces and nephews. They are going to miss him, he was the best uncle. He towered over me and his sisters, we always made a joke of that. We are going to sorely miss him, there will be a void.”
Michael had packed up his fishing gear and left home at around 5.30am to go fishing with close friend, Joe.
The pair had travelled to the Rumps in Polzeath when Michael was swept into the water.
“This is such a tragic accident,” Phil said.
“They hadn’t even got their fishing gear out, they were just looking for the right place.
“Wednesday was such a beautiful day, who wouldn’t have wanted to go out and take that opportunity after all the terrible weather we have had.”
Jackie said the last time she saw Michael was when he left early in the morning as she was getting ready for work at The Range.
“I’d just got up to get ready for work and all he said was ‘I’m going fishing and bye mum’ and he was out the door,” she said.
Home from work, Jackie received the bad news just before lunchtime.
“A policeman came to the door and said he had to talk to me about Michael, I’d occasionally had the police at the door before so thought what’s he done now but when he said he had some bad news I knew straight away and burst into tears.
“He told me Michael had been swept off the rocks and there was a big search operation. It’s been awful.
“I always told him to be careful but this was a freak accident. There was a freak wave and he was gone.
“We’ve been told they’ve called off the search now, it’s just a case of waiting for his body.
“Nobody expected this to happen.
“His friend Joe came around yesterday and he is heart broken. He did everything he could calling the coastguard, it wasn’t his fault there was nothing more he could have done, he’d just gone.”
Michael is brother to Katie and Jenny, uncle to Kai, Tyler and Teigan, stepbrother to Alexandra and Connor and stepson of Sharon.
Sister Katie, from Plympton, said her sibling was a wonderful uncle to her two sons.
She added: “He was a great brother, we always relied on each other when things were going wrong, we were always there for one another. I loved him a lot, he was a great uncle to my two boys and we will miss him so much.”
Sister Jenny added: “He was a great uncle to his niece and he will be loved and missed.”