Coastguard issues update on search for man seen walking into the sea

The search for a man seen ‘walking into the sea’ at Bude has been suspended, the coastguard has announced.

A member of the public said the man was fully clothed when he entered the sea at Summerleaze beach in Bude late on Wednesday evening.

This prompted a large search-and-rescue operation involving the police, coastguard and its search and rescue helicopter, as well as the fire service.

Nothing was found.

After a patrol this morning over the same area, the coastguard revealed the search had been suspended.

“They went out this morning on a local patrol. However, with no further sightings or information, the search has been suspended at this time,” said a coastguard spokesperson.

“We do not know whether someone did enter the water or not. However, unless we come across further information, the search has been suspended.”

The coastguard said there have been no reports of a missing person as of yet.

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It came on a day when the RNLI urged people to be wary about what is described as a ‘colossal’ swell forecast to hit exposed areas of the South West from yesterday, Wednesday, October 28 onwards.

Some beach-goers were hit by a huge wave at Treyarnon yesterday and were lucky to survive, while a man managed to pull six people out of the water at Gwithian.

Speaking about the incident involving the sighting of a man in the water yesterday, a spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: “At 5.48pm yesterday evening (October 28), HM Coastguard received a report of a possible person in the water at Summerleaze Beach, Bude.

“Bude Coastguard Rescue Team and the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Newquay were sent, assisting Devon and Cornwall Police. Bude ILB (inshore) lifeboat was not tasked due to the weather conditions.

“The area was searched and nothing was found.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “At approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday evening, Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Summerleaze Beach in Bude after a report of a male being seen to enter the water fully clothed.

“Police co-ordinated a detailed search involving the fire and rescue service, the Coastguard and the RNLI but have yet to locate and identify the male.

“Police are asking anyone who saw this male, who is believed to be approximately 40 years old and about 6ft tall, wearing black wellington boots and a 3/4 length overcoat in or around the Summerleaze Beach area, to make contact on 101 quoting police reference 686 of 28/10/2020.”

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