A search for a second suspected stowaway in Falmouth has been called off.

The hunt began after a 17-year-old man from Cameroon was found in Falmouth Bay; he was suspected to have jumped from a ship as it arrived in port.

He claimed that a friend who was with him was missing, resulting in coastguards launching a search involving Falmouth's inshore and all-weather lifeboat, plus a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

However, coastguards confirmed today that the search had been called off.

It is believed the two teenagers had hidden themselves away on the ship for two weeks without food or water.

Falmouth coastguard Mark Thomas said the pair must have been "very desperate."

The rescued teeanger was taken to Truro's Royal Cornwall Hospital, where he is being treated for malnutrition and dehydration.

Once he is well enough he will be handed over to the UK Border Agency, police said.