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Calls For Search & Rescue Review

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:56pm 18th February 2014

There are calls for a review of air sea rescue operations in Cornwall after a fisherman died off the Lizard.

The Culdrose chopper was not scrambled straightaway when Chris Newton from Ruan Minor was reported late home.

He had gone overboard and was picked up by a passing survey ship.

The angler's family are not happy a helicopter was not sent to search from the offset and want policy changed.

A spokesperson from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "Any death at sea is a tragedy and has a profound impact on the family, friends and all those involved in the search and rescue operation. Our thoughts are with those affected at this difficult time.

"We have looked at the search and rescue response to this incident and are satisfied that the correct resources were tasked at the correct time. Requesting a helicopter was considered, but it is not usual practice to do so for an overdue vessel. As soon as it was established we were dealing with someone in the water and we had a location, the helicopter was sent."

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