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Major search for girl feared missing in the sea


Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:47pm 9th August 2018 (Updated 8:56am 10th August 2018)

Massive searches are carried out amid fears for a missing teenager in the sea at Polzeath.

Coastguards, a lifeboat the the rescue chopper were all drafted in to look for the 15-year-old surfer.

The girl's parents had become worried when she hadn't returned and called 999 for help.

Everyone in the area was told to get out of the water to give crews a clear searching area.

The girl was then spotted getting out of the sea and was reunited with her family.

"Team paged by Falmouth Coastguard to reports of a 15-year-old female surfer missing on Polzeath Beach.

"The girl's parents had become concerned after she had not returned from the sea and with the lifeguards now not on duty, they had called 999 and asked for the Coastguard for assistance.

"As we arrived onto Polzeath Beach Rock RNLI Lifeboat was already searching the surf and Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 924 was inbound from Newquay.

"We were quickly split into 3 search teams and commenced searching the shoreline and cliffs on both sides of Polzeath.

"Due to the number of people still in the water and the large area to search Padstow Coastguard and Padstow Lifeboat were also tasked to assist.

"After initial searches by all, it was decided to get everyone out of the water.

"This would give Rescue 924 a clear area to search, along with the possibility that the missing girl could still be surfing and unaware of the situation.

"All search teams came to the waters edge and along with Rock Lifeboat started to clear the surf.

"At this stage a girl was spotted leaving the water and identified as the missing person.

"She was reunited with her relieved family and she was unaware of the situation".

Polzeath Coastguard

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