Falmouth search teams hunt for ship 'stowaway'

Search teams were called to look for a suspected cargo vessel stowaway who jumped into the sea off Cornwall.

Coastguard teams, a helicopter and lifeboats searched Falmouth Bay after a second man who jumped off the ship was rescued.

The man, from Cameroon, said a friend jumped off the vessel first and got into difficulties.

The search was started early on Friday evening but was stood down at about 2020 GMT, coastguards said.

The rescued man was seen jumping off the Thuleland, a UK-flagged bulk carrier, at about 1600 GMT.

A harbour boat picked him up and brought him ashore.

When questioned by police, the man reported that his friend had jumped into the water before him, triggering the search.

Falmouth Coastguard sent the town's coastguard rescue team, and requested the launch of the local inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose also joined the search of areas around the bay and around the vessel, but nothing was found.

The stowaway who was rescued was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, coastguards said.

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