Search for missing angler off Scarborough coast

A lifeboat and helicopter have been deployed to search for a missing angler near Burniston, just north of Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

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Search ongoing to find missing angler on Scarborough coast

A massive air, land, and sea search has been taking place to find an angler missing off cliffs on the East Coast.

Dozens of searchers have been scouring an area north of Scarborough to trace Nigel Savage, from Beverley, who was reported missing by his wife yesterday when he failed to return home from a fishing trip.

His two dogs have been rescued from the cliffs, but so far there's been no trace of their owner.

Jon Hill reports:

Missing angler named

Lifeboats crews and a helicopter are carrying out a "massive search" for an angler who has been missing overnight.

Humberside Police said Nigel Savage, 49, was reported missing after he failed to return home from a fishing trip near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, with his two springer spaniel dogs.

Neil Savage

Mr Savage, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, went to the coast in his green Peugeot 206 car which was found in a lay-by at Crook Ness, Field Lane, Burniston, at 3.26am today.

His two dogs were traced at the cliffs nearby.

A force spokesman said Mr Savage's rucksack and some fishing tackle were also discovered on the cliffs.

He said a woman saw the dogs and rucksack at the location at 4pm yesterday but did not see Mr Savage in the area.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a "massive land and sea search is taking place".

A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, RNLI inshore and offshore lifeboats from Scarborough, along with Coastguard rescue teams from Scarborough, Burniston and Ravenscar have been involved in the operation.

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An air, land, and sea search is taking place to find an angler missing off cliffs on the East Coast.

The man's dogs have been found alive near Scarborough, but there has been no sign of the fisherman since the alarm was raised last night.

Jon Hill is there:

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Crews search the coast for the missing angler

The man was reported missing last night when he failed to return home. His two dogs were found near the cliffs.

Officers and volunteers have moved the search inland, along cliff top paths and towards the village of Burniston.

Lifeboat crews were stood down earlier this morning.

Lifeboats stood down in search for missing angler

Crews at the scene

Scarborough RNLI’s two lifeboats have been temporarily stood down during the ongoing search for a missing angler off Burniston cliffs.

A Sea-King helicopter searching for the angler

The search was concentrated on the cliffs, shoreline and sea at Hundale Point and Cloughton Wyke, just north of Scarborough, in difficult conditions caused by the second biggest tide in January and heavy swells hampering the search.

Lifeboats searching for the man

The missing man’s two dogs are alive at the scene and are being recovered by coastguard rescue teams.

The man had been angling at Hundale Point, near Scarborough, but failed to return home at 9:30pm yesterday when planned.

RNLI teams search the shore

Three teams of coastguards, from Burniston, Scarborough and Ravenscar, and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer were also involved in the search.

RNLI searching for missing angler

A massive land and sea search is taking place off the North Yorkshire coast to find a missing angler.

The man had been angling at Hundale Point, near Scarborough, but failed to return home at 9:30pm yesterday when planned.

RNLI teams searching for the angler Credit: RNLI

Humber Coastguard is currently coordinating a search and rescue operation after the man’s concerned wife informed police.

A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer, RNLI inshore and offshore lifeboats from Scarborough, along with Coastguard rescue teams from Scarborough, Burniston and Ravenscar are currently on scene.

Mike Green, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard, said: “The search has been taking place since 4am and we are focussing on searching an area of coastline two miles either side of Hundale Point and two miles out to sea.

“It is quite a complex operation, as the local coastline has very steep, craggy cliffs.”

The missing man’s two dogs are alive at the scene and are being recovered by coastguard rescue teams.

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