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Search called off for man swept out to sea

The Coastguard has called off the search for a 51 year old man swept out to sea in North Cornwall.

Shane Galliers was scattering the ashes of his sister, who died last year, when he was caught by a large wave. His mother, Pat Howells, says she doesn't know how the tragedy occurred.

The Padstow lifeboat and Rescue 169 - the Navy search and rescue helicopter from Culdrose - were on the scene both last night and this morning helping the coastguard shore team in storm force conditions.

Last night it was quite horrendous. There was a fairly strong north westerly. The Padstow lifeboat was bouncing around. Everything was thrown at it, everything was done superbly.

– Ken Richards, Port Isaac Coastguard Team

Shane's daughter, Megan Almond, says her father adored his family - which included four grandchildren. His mother says, 'he was just so happy'.


'No sign' as sea search for man scattering ashes ends

The search for a man who was swept out to sea as he scattered ashes on the north Cornwall coast has ended.

"Sadly no sign has been found of him," the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

"Coastguard teams from Port Isaac and Boscastle have been carrying out a shoreline search this morning," the agency added.

Search for man washed out to sea scattering ashes

A 51-year-old man is missing after being swept out to sea while scattering ashes. Credit: Google Maps

Falmouth Coastguard said it is currently coordinating the search for a 51-year-old man who was washed out to sea at Port William on the north Cornish Coast while scattering ashes.

Two other members of the group that he was with went into the sea in an attempt to rescue him but were unsuccessful.

Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor, two coastguard rescue teams from Boscastle and Port Isaac began a shoreline search and the Padstow RNLI Lifeboat was launched.

Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Neil Oliver, said: "We have now been searching for four hours and sadly the man has not been found yet.

The helicopter and lifeboats have now completed their searches but the two coastguard rescue teams continue their search.

Conditions this evening have been unfavourable with gale force winds and rough seas."

Patient tested for Ebola at Cornwall hospital

A patient is being tested for the Ebola virus as a precautionary measure at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro after being admitted last night.

The person - who was considered at risk of having contracted Ebola - has been placed in an isolation unit until the results of the test are known, the hospital said.

The patient was admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro last night. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

"We do not expect the results to be known for at least 24 hours and in the meantime the patient is being looked after in isolation", a spokesman said.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust "has taken the proper precautions and followed the guidelines" from Public Health England and NHS England, he added.

Police chief's outburst sees teen taken out of custody

One of the country's most senior policemen has condemned the provision of mental health care for children in Britain as "unacceptable."

Paul Netherton, Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, took the highly unusual step of speaking out on social media after his officers were forced to keep a teenage girl in custody because, he said, there was no proper facility for her anywhere in the UK.

After his outburst, she has been found a bed tonight. But as ITV News reporter Duncan Golestani has more on what her plight has exposed - what some call - a worrying lack of care for the vulnerable


Mind: Teen in police custody 'terrible and shameful'

The chief executive of the mental health charity Mind has slammed the "terrible and shameful" situation which meant a girl with mental health issues was held by polic'

This is a terrible and shameful situation. Being in mental health crisis can be terrifying and life-threatening, and people need urgent care from mental health services.

– Chief executive of Mind Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer said a police cell was a "completely inappropriate place to put someone who is so unwell", adding: "This whole episode shows how thinly spread NHS mental health services are."

'Thousands' of mental health patients taken into custody

Thousands of people with mental health issues are being taken into police custody every year because of a lack of mental health care provision, a leading charity has warned.

Mark Winstanley, chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness, said while the teenage girl being held for two days was “troubling”, it was far from an isolated incident.

Each year thousands of people with serious mental health problems are being held in police cells, including many children and teenagers, because the right services either don't exist in their community or are completely overstretched.

Being held in a police cell can be extremely distressing, and should only ever happen as an absolute last resort.

But many people are being turned away from 'places of safety', because of staff shortages or lack of spaces. In some parts of the country, there are no health-based places of safety full-stop.

– Mark Winstanley, Rethink Mental Illness

The girl has now been found a place locally, NHS bosses have confirmed.

Police chief welcomes news girl is to leave custody

The police chief who raised awareness of a major shortage in NHS mental health care beds has welcomed news that a teenage girl is to leave police custody after a place was finally found.

Experts say cutbacks to mental health care 'unacceptable'

Mental health experts have criticised “unacceptable” cutbacks to services in the UK which led to a teenage girl being forced to stay in police custody as the NHS could not accommodate her for two days.

Chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, said over the past four years more than 3,300 mental health nursing posts had been lost along with 1,500 available beds, despite a 30 per cent rise in the number of patients needing care.

It's appalling that any patient should be taken into police custody due to a lack of mental health beds - it's particularly unacceptable that it should happen to a 16-year-old.

These cutbacks are having a devastating impact on those who desperately need care and support. It's a terrible indictment of this country's inadequate mental health provision.

– Dr Peter Carter, Royal College of Nursing
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