Hopes fading for young angler swept into sea

A major search is ongoing for 23 year-old angler Mike Bindon who was swept into sea at The Rumps, a rocky outcrop near Polzeath, Cornwall, on Wednesday 22 January.

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Coastguard: 'Unlikely' that angler has survived in sea

We are now at a stage where I think it's unlikely that anyone could survive in the sea for that length of time, but as part of our search process we'll continue today.

– Matt Pavitt, Coastguard Sector Manager for North Cornwall

Cornwall Coastguard say they will continue searching for Mike Bindon until nightfall (Thursday 23 January) and then if nothing is found, the case will be handed over to Devon and Cornwall Police.


Missing angler thought to be from Plymouth

It's thought the 22-year-old man swept into the sea at Polzeath yesterday morning is from Plymouth.

The search for a missing angler, who was knocked off rocks whilst fishing with a friend near Pentire Point, will resume this afternoon.

Several coastguard teams will begin a shoreline search from 1pm this afternoon. Their operation will include Polzeath beach, the coast path to Pentire Point and the mouth of the River Camel.

Search for missing fisherman continues later

The search for a man who was swept from rocks in Polzeath in Cornwall will resume later.

The man, 22, was fishing on the coast when he was knocked in by rough seas at around 10am yesterday morning. A major operation was launched to find him, but called off last night.

Coastguards say the search will continue at low water this afternoon.


No sign of young angler as search is scaled down

Two of the three lifeboats searching for the angler have returned to their stations, after nearly four hours of searching. Padstow's lifeboat is continuing the search, however, and has been helped by a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

Conditions at the scene were described as 'not very pleasant', according to RNLI volunteer crews, with a strong north westerly force 4 to 5 wind, 15-foot swell and cold air temperatures. There has so far been no sign of the man.

A file picture of the Padstow lifeboat, which is still out at sea. Credit: RNLI
A file picture of the Port Isaac lifeboat and crew, which joined the search this morning. Credit: RNLI
The Rock lifeboat and crew, which also joined the search this morning. Credit: RNLI

Big search on for missing angler swept into sea

Map of The Rumps where the angler was swept into the sea. Credit: ITV News

A major search is underway for a 22 year-old angler who was swept into sea at The Rumps, a rocky outcrop near Polzeath, Cornwall.

The man was fishing with a friend when he disappeared. His friend called 999 and Falmouth Coastguard was alerted at 9:40am this morning. Lifeboats from Polzeath, Padstow and Port Isaac are currently searching for him.

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