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Fears for missing person sparks searches on coast

Fears for missing person sparks searches on coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:50pm 3rd December 2018. (Updated at 3:55pm 3rd December 2018)

A big search was launched along the Cornish coast amid fears for a missing person near St Austell.

A bag was found on its own in the Carlyon Bay area with clothes strewn about.

Coastguard teams, police and a lifeboat were scrambled on Saturday afternoon to search the cliffs.

Nothing was found and the crews were stood down.

Officials say the 999 call was the right thing to do and the member of the public was right to raise their concerns.

"Volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers from Mevagissey Coastguard were paged at 4.14pm to assist colleagues at St Austell Coastguard and Devon & Cornwall Police.

"Concerns were raised after personal belongings were found close to the cliff top at Carlyon Bay.

"Fowey Lifeboat RNLI attended and cleared the base of the cliffs.

"The teams made a thorough search of the cliffs but nothing was found. We have now stood down.

"A good 999 call by the public who were right to raise their concerns promptly."

Mevagissey Coastguard



"The team were paged today at the request of the police. Reports were of a missing person in the Carlyon Bay area, due to a bag being found with no persons with it, and clothes strewn about the area.

"Once the team were on scene on the cliff path at The Carlyon Bay Hotel we started to search. Teams were deployed in both directions and a rope team were set up, to check local cliff faces and caves. Some sections are not visible from the cliff top.

"With the assistance from Fowey RNLI lifeboats to conduct a shoreline and base of cliff search.

"With fading light and conditions Mevagissey Coastguard were requests to assist with additional search team members.

"After an extensive search with nothing found, it was decided with the police to stand down.

"All the teams were returned to stations.

"We would like to thank Fowey RNLI, The Carlyon Bay Hotel St Austell Police and Mevagissey Coastguard for the help with this incident. Great teamwork.

"It shows the right 999 call to the right services enabled a swift search to be completed."

St Austell Coastguard

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