Missing angler sparks rescue search in Cornwall
A missing angler triggered a rescue search last night involving the volunteer crew from the Rock RNLI lifeboat station.
The volunteer team quickly located the man between Polzeath and Daymer Bay and then directed their coastguard colleagues to where he was.
The Rock D class inshore lifeboat Rusper was launched at 6.30pm to search for the angler with volunteers Pete Thomas, Dave Mably and Dan Bosley onboard.
The crew quickly found the man who had made his way up a cliff out of danger from the tide and breaking swell.
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The coastguard team, however, couldn’t see him from where they were searching on the path above.
Volunteer helmsman Pete Thomas managed to get the lifeboat close enough for the crew to confirm the angler was alright.
As the tide was dropping they then reported the man’s position to the coastguards above so they could assist him, before returning to the lifeboat station.
Mr Thomas said: “The fisherman had managed to get himself to safety and with the conditions as they were with the tide dropping, it was best that he stayed where he was rather than attempting a transfer into the lifeboat in the heavy swell that was rolling in.”