A WOMAN and her two dogs were found dead following a huge coastguard search on Wednesday and Thursday.

Twenty rescue officers from Portreath began the search for a missing woman near Hayle at 6.40pm on Wednesday, along with St Ives coastguards.

They searched from Godrevy car park to Basset’s Cove until they were stood down at midnight.

Supporting them were the HM Coastguard helicopter Rescue 924 based at St Mawgan, St Ives All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats and officers from the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

On Thursday at around 10.00am, coastguards were re-tasked along with the lifeboats and helicopter to search from Hell’s Mouth along the coast up to Portreath, when the body of the woman and her two dogs were discovered.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called at around 6pm on Wednesday, November 27 with reports of concern for the welfare of a woman, who had been reported missing.

"The body of a woman was located by the emergency services at around noon yesterday. The bodies of two deceased dogs were also located in the area.

"Formal identification of the woman is yet to take place, but she is believed to be a 46-year-old from Hayle. Her next-of-kin have been informed.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner."