Falmouth Coastguard is currently coordinating the search for a 51 year old man last seen at Port William on the north Cornish Coast. The man had been spreading ashes when a large wave washed him into the sea. Two other members of the group that he was with went into the sea in an attempt to rescue him but were unsuccessful.
Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor, two coastguard rescue teams from Boscastle and Port Isaac began a shoreline search and the Padstow RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch.
Neil Oliver Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager says
“We have now been searching for 4 hours and sadly the man has not been found yet. The helicopter and lifeboats have now completed their searches but the two coastguard rescue teams continue their search.
Conditions this evening have been unfavourable with gale force winds and rough seas.”