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10:01am 28th November 2014
(Updated 10:01am 28th November 2014)

Teams searching for a missing Cornish snorkeller have found a body.

24-year old Ben Morris had not been heard from since last night.

He took a snorkel, weight belt and was wearing a dry suit when he went out alone at around 7pm on Thursday night.

His family raised the alarm at around 11.30pm when he did not return home.

The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, the Coastguard Sector Manager for South Cornwall, both RNLI lifeboats from Falmouth, police officers and the police helicopter have been searching throughout the night.Helicopter above the Helford

Ben's family are thought to have joined in.

Radio messages were broadcast to vessels in the area, asking them to join in the operation.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were called around 10.45pm last evening, Thursday 7th August after Ben Morris aged 24 years, a old local man failed to return home after he had gone swimming in the Helford river.

"His vehicle was found in the Mawnan Smith Church car park.

"The coastguard and the RNLI assisted by police officers and the Police helicopter searched the Helford river and the coastline overnight until 4.30am.
 Helford River
"The search was resumed early this morning assisted by a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

"At around 9.00am this morning the body of a man was discovered by an RNLI inshore lifeboat on the Roseland Headland.

"It was recovered and flown by helicopter to Treliske Hospital.
 
"Ben’s next of kin have been informed and formal identification will be carried out later."

Falmouth's lifeboats and shore teams have been among those involved in scouring the area. A search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was also drafted in.

Sue Tomlin is on holiday in Helford Passage. She told Pirate FM: "I heard some helicopters. They were over the area for quite some time, so I assumed they were looking for something.

"This was probably around one o'clock. They were very loud.

"Obviously we are concerned about anything that happens on the river.

"The rescue and search teams here are always very, very good."

Richard watched the overnight operation unfolding. He said: "It was about one o'clock in the morning when the first flare went up. Then the second flare, then the third flare.

"Then there was a boat that came up the Helford river, probably opposite Durgan. They were playing search lights along the bank where the oyster beds are."

Pirate FM's Sarah Yeoman has been in the search area.

She said: "This is a beautiful and tranquil area. It's very quiet and still with the sun glistening on the water. There are yachts and row boats surrounded by the rolling green hills.

"There are rocky shores and stoney beaches which people have told me are popular spots for swimmers right from dawn through till dusk."

You can watch a video from Sarah in the search area here...

10:01am 28th November 2014

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