Search teams fear a missing fisherman may have fallen into the River Eden in Carlisle after they discovered his fishing equipment on the riverbank. Teams made up of police, the RNLI and the coastguard launched a major search of the river and its banks this morning.
The man was reported missing yesterday after he failed to return home from a fishing trip on Friday. An RNLI lifeboat from Silloth has joined with Coastguard teams from Annan, Maryport and Brough by Sands to search the waterway while police teams comb the river bank.
A control centre for the operation has been set up at Carlisle's Sheepmount stadium. The identity of the missing man hasn't yet been released. A Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer is also searching from the air using thermal imaging equipment.
Robert Heaton, 41, was last seen on Friday. Today, November 19, divers from Cheshire joined the search
Search teams who believe fisherman Robert Heaton has fallen into River Eden have scaled down their search for the night.