Angler pulled from sea in mass rescue operation off Cadgwith but later dies

Falmouth Packet: The Lizard lifeboat and RNAS Culdrose were involved in the operation. (Stock photo) The Lizard lifeboat and RNAS Culdrose were involved in the operation. (Stock photo)

An angler has died after being pulled from the sea off Cadgwith last night. 

A friend had called the coastguard to say he was late back from a fishing trip.

Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a call at just before 7pm from the concerned friend.

He reported that the angler had left Cadgwith at lunchtime in his small punt and been due back at 4pm, but hadn’t returned.

The Lizard lifeboat was asked to search in the area where he was thought to be fishing and a message was broadcast to surrounding vessels asking if they could join the search.

The survey vessel Triad and fishing boat Scorpio joined the sea search whilst the coastguard rescue teams from Porthoustock, Mullion and the south Cornwall sector manager began a search of the coastline.

At just before 8pm Triad reported that they had pulled the angler from the water. He was in urgent need of medical attention and so was transferred to the lifeboat and flown from there to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro by a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

Unfortunately doctors were unable to save him and he later died. 

Falmouth coastguard watch manager Richy Williams said the angler had been in the cold water "for quite some time."

 

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