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Body found off Cornwall coast

Body found off Cornwall coast Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a man's body was found in a green dinghy adrift off the coast of Falmouth.

They were called to the Prince of Wales pier just after 7am this morning ( March 19th) and were aided by the coast guard.

A 44 year old local man was found dead. Police say his death is not thought to be suspicious.

Next of kin have been informed.


Police and Coastguard search for missing junior doctor

Dr Rose Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A major search operation has been launched for a junior doctor who has gone missing.

Dr Rose Polge, 25, who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday.

Police and coastguard have been searching for Dr Polge after her car was discovered in a car park near Ansteys Cove.

Officers, HM Coastguard and local rescue groups were currently looking for Dr Polge. We are searching the Torquay coastal area around Ansteys Cove trying to find her.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

We are aware that one of our junior doctors is missing. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this very distressing time. We will do whatever we can to support the authorities investigating her disappearance and searching for her, as well as providing support to her colleagues, who are anxious for her wellbeing.

– Martin Ringrose, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

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


Fears over coastguard staffing

Coastguard centres in the region are constantly understaffed, according to campaigners. Coastguard SOS say that 20% of shifts at the Portland centre in Dorset didn't meet the minimum risk level of staff.

The group say that understaffing could put the public and sailors in danger.

20% of coastguard centre shifts are understaffed according to a campaign group. Credit: ITV West Country

Coastguard volunteering: not just a fair-weather job

It's been a busy summer for Cornwall's coastguards, but work doesn't slow down now the days are getting shorter.

Winter's long dark nights and stormy weather means there's just as many incidents to deal with around the coast.

The number of people volunteering to become coastguard rescue officers is on the up - but just who are they? Francesca Carpenter's been with them to find out.

Dog and owner rescued from cliff near Lyme Regis

A dog and its owner have been rescued from a cliff face in Dorset following a two-hour operation. Thirteen coastguard officers and a lifeboat crew were involved after the pair became stuck 60ft up rocks near West Bay.

A coastguard spokesman said it appeared the owner of the dog, a husky-alsatian cross, had attempted a lone rescue after his pet had gone missing the night before. Both were recovered safe and well after becoming entangled in undergrowth.

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