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Sad news in search for missing sailor

Philip Walwyn Credit: Family

The search for a missing yachtsman whose boat was found off the coast of Cornwall this afternoon has been called off following the discovery of someone in the sea.

Philip Walwyn had been expected back in Falmouth today after sailing single-handedly from Nova Scotia.

The alarm was raised after his yacht was found with its sails up and no one on board.

The coastguard confirmed tonight that a seriously injured person had died after being airlifted to hospital.


Missing yachtsman found in water by search teams

The Coastguard have issued the following statement after finding the missing yachtsman in the water:

A search for a missing yachtsman who was travelling from the Azores to Falmouth has now been suspended after a person was found in the water during a search between the Lizard and Coverack. The person was taken to hospital in a very serious condition.

“The alarm was raised with the UK Coastguard at 13.45 today after another vessel discovered the 50ft yacht with its sails up and no-one on board.

“Lizard and Falmouth RNLI all weather lifeboats, Falmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, the Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team and locals yachts searched an area north-east of The Lizard after the yacht was discovered unmanned and going around in circles.”

– Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Search for missing sailor

Coastguard are tonight looking for a solo yachtsman who has gone missing off the coast of Cornwall.

Philip Walwyn was expected back in Falmouth today after sailing single handed from Nova Scotia. The veteran sailor - who is 68 - has done a number of solo voyages across the Atlantic.

His sister, Susan Walwyn, told ITV News that the boat had been found empty off the coast of Cadgwith and has been towed back to Falmouth.

"We just hope that he made it to shore and perhaps is still there waiting for help. He's such an experienced sailor but of course we are worried. Please, if anyone is out walking their dogs or on the beach between Cadgwith and Coverack tonight, take an extra close look"

– Susan Walwyn

Abandoned yacht found off Falmouth coast

An abandoned yacht has been found off the coast of Falmouth.

The 60 ft sailing boat is thought to belong to an experienced sailor who was attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean for a 17th time. The vessel has now been towed to Falmouth by the coastguard.

Philip Walwyn was due to complete his journey on Tuesday, but there have been no sightings of the 68 year-old.

An investigation is underway to find out what happened.

Police appeal for information following fatal collision

The collision near St Agnes has left two people dead. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon & Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses following the collision near St Agnes which left two people dead.

Police responded to reports at around 3.20am on Sunday of a car being involved in a collision with a pedestrian between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and St Agnes, Cornwall.

When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the bodies of man and a woman, were found near the scene.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in police custody awaiting interview.

We are investigating the circumstance surrounding the death of these two people, and we are keeping and open mind.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, especially if you saw either of the two walkers on the road from St Agnes towards the A30 prior to the collision, or a white S4 Audi Estate during this time as you could hold vital information.

– Police Spokesman


Concerns grow over plans for two new retail parks

Concern is growing over the plans to build two new out-of-town retail parks near Truro and the effect that they will have on the city centre.

Cornwall Council gave planning permission for them because they will be able to provide the money to build a new Stadium for Cornwall.

However, there is also doubt over whether there's enough demand from retailers to pay for both stadiums.

Councillor Fiona Ferguson is concerned about the viability of both schemes:

First Great Western due to strike over bank holiday

Rail workers on First Great Western trains are to stage a series of strikes, including over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The RMT union has announced the strikes following a row over new trains.

All RMT members have been told not to work for 24 hours from one minute past midnight on Sunday 23rd August and again from midnight on Saturday 29th August until 11:59pm on Monday 31st.

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