Search resumes for missing person
An air and sea search resumed today for a person swept out to sea on New Year's Eve after going for a paddle in rough water.
The missing person, who has not been named, had gone for a paddle with friends last night in the sea at Loe Bar, near Porthleven, Cornwall.
HM Coastguard said that when some of the group were up to their knees in the sea a large wave swept the person off their feet.
One of the group called 999 and spoke to Falmouth Coastguard who immediately sought help from Coastguard Rescue Teams at Penzance, Porthleven, Mullion and Porthoustock, RNLI lifeboats from Penlee and Lizard and a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.
The coastguard rescue teams, lifeboats and helicopter searched in atrocious weather conditions but were unable to find any sign of the missing person.
By 4.30am they had covered the search area many times over but were unable to find the person.
The search was suspended until first light when the coastguard teams began another search.
Phil Mathias, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: "The weather for searching has been particularly challenging and as the night has gone on, conditions have deteriorated.
"There have been south to south westerly gale force to severe gale force winds with very rough sea and rain.
"The teams have conducted a very intensive search for the missing person.
"We have been able to focus our efforts into a relatively tight area because of onshore winds but have still been unable to locate the missing person."
Meanwhile, a woman died after getting swept out to sea at the popular beauty spot Croyde Bay in north Devon yesterday morning.
The coastguard were called at around 11.24am after receiving reports that a woman had been swept out to sea near Braunton.
The woman, who was believed to be on holiday with her family, was recovered from the sea and airlifted to hospital but confirmed dead at hospital.