Major search for missing man in sea off Cornish coast resumes

A major search for a missing man who is believed to have been washed off the rocks will resume this morning.

A huge operation was launched at St Agnes yesterday following reports that three people had gotten into difficulty after they were washed off the rocks at Tubby’s Head.

Two people were able to get to safety, but the other person has not been located. Police say searches will resume this morning, and the man’s next of kin have been informed.

Emergency services, including the coastguard, paramedics and police, were all called to the area at 12.43pm on Thursday.

A HM Coastguard person said: “At 12.43pm yesterday, HM Coastguard received a report of three people in potential difficulty after reportedly being washed off rocks and into the water at Tubby’s Head, St Agnes, Cornwall.

“Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre is currently coordinating an ongoing, multi-agency response to this incident. St Ives RNLI ALB, St Agnes RNLI lifeboat, Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboat and Padstow RNLI ALB; St Agnes, Portreath and Newquay Coastguard Rescue Teams; the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Newquay and Devon and Cornwall Police have all assisted, at various points, in ongoing searches.

“Yesterday afternoon, two people were able to self-recover out of the water to safety and were passed into the care of the South Western Ambulance Service.

“However, the search for a third person remains ongoing. Further shoreline searches are due to commence at 8am local time today (13th November). Multiple assets also completed searches into the early hours of this morning.

HM Coastguard helicopter was called to the scene
(Image: Bigbury Coastguard Rescue team)

“Nearby vessels have been contacted and asked to assist Falmouth Coastguard with any further information.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police this morning said: “Police were notified by Coastguard at around 1.30pm of a concern of welfare of a man in the sea at St Agnes Head yesterday, Thursday 12 November.

“The RNLI and Coastguard attended the scene to conduct searches for the man, whose next of kin have been informed.

“Searches are resuming this morning.”

Describing the scene yesterday, a witness told Cornwall Live: “A large search and rescue operation underway between Porthtowan and Holywell Bay

“Rescue helicopter from Newquay has joined lifeboats from St Agnes, two from Newquay and Padstow and are conducting searches both shore-line and off-shore.”.

Locals reported seeing a rescue helicopter and multiple lifeboats between Porthtowan and Holywell Bay.

Cornwall Live