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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'.

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Man swept out to sea while scattering ashes in Port William

A man is missing after being swept out to sea in while scattering ashes in North Cornwall.

51 year old Shane Galliers was last seen at Trebarwith Strand. 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 is coordinating the search for Shane. A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor was called. Two coastguard rescue teams from Boscastle and Port Isaac began a shoreline search, and the Padstow RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch. The search will resume this morning.

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.

– Neil Oliver, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager

Man appears in court charged with Dawlish murder

The body of Sophie McDonald was found at a house in Dawlish on Thursday Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman from Dawlish.

James Luke McDonald made no plea at Exeter Magistrates Court this morning. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the city's crown court next week. The body of 36 year old Sophie McDonald was found at a property on Iddesleigh Terrace in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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Teenager raises thousands after school punishment

Stan's original target was just £100

A Somerset teenager has raised over £15,000 for a cancer charity after his school punished him for shaving his head.

14 year old Stan Lock shaved off his hair to raise money for Macmillan. But staff at the Churchill Academy put him in isolation because they said his new hairstyle broke school rules. Stan's original fundraising target was just £100.

Stan Lock was punished by his school after shaving his head for charity

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