Coastal hunt for missing man at Hartland

Emergency services resume their search

A full-scale search resumed at first light this morning (Friday) for a man who went missing at Hartland yesterday.

The man was last seen at 16:45 yesterday heading for Life Rocks. The alarm was raised at just after 18: 15pm when he failed to return.

Swansea Coastguard launched an extensive land and sea search from Speke’s Mill to Hartland Point using the Hartland Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Clovelly and RAF Rescue Helicopter 169 from Chivenor.

Hartland Coastguard Rescue Team also searched the shoreline at low tide from midnight onwards, but found nothing. Westward Ho! Coastguard Rescue Team, Clovelly RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Appledore RNLI All Weather Lifeboat began searching again this morning.


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The man they are looking for is in his mid thirties, 5ft 10in tall of a muscular build with short cropped dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and no shoes.

Steve Matthews, Coastguard Watch Manager said: “We’ve carried out an extensive search of the cliffs, shoreline and sea and so far haven’t found the missing man. Because he’s fit and healthy we’re restarting the search this morning in case he’s trapped in the rocks or on the cliff face.

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“If you’re in the area and see a man fitting this description please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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