HM Coastguard have now stood down the search for a person in the water off Tubby’s Head near St Agnes.
Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews from St Ives, St Agnes, Newquay, Padstow and Sennen Cove worked with other emergency services yesterday afternoon (12 November) until the early hours and resumed again this morning.
Collectively, RNLI volunteers from these five stations spent 45 hours at sea.
With our crew from St Ives spending 10 hours in total at sea.
Dickon Berriman, Area Lifesaving Manager, said:
‘We are devastated that the outcome in this search is not the positive one we all wanted. This was a huge collective effort by all our volunteers and search and rescue colleagues, both those on scene and those providing back up support at stations along the coast. Our volunteers worked tirelessly and showed remarkable commitment, coming from far and wide and working into the night and again this morning. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this time.
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