Anglers warned to wear safety gear after a man is swept into the sea

Matt Pavitt
Image caption Coastguard Matt Pavitt is urging anglers to wear safety gear and fish in pairs

Anglers have been warned to wear safety gear, as hopes fade for a missing fisherman off the North Cornwall coast.

The 23-year-old man, named locally as Mike Bindon, was on the rocks near Polzeath, fishing with a friend.

A ground search of the coastline took place earlier and has been called off for a second night, coastguards said.

Local lifeboat teams, a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and the Polzeath Coastguard were involved in a six hour search on Wednesday.

The man's friend contacted the emergency services at about 10:00 GMT and told them the angler had been washed into the water by a large wave.

Coastguards said the sea conditions were moderate to rough, with large waves in the area, when the search operation began.

The angler was believed to have been wearing jeans, a hoodie and trainers.

Coastguard Matt Pavitt said that the chances of survival in the January sea conditions "are slim".

He said: "We recommend anglers wear a flotation suit or a life jacket.

"Waves will wash people off so we recommend fishing in pairs and from somewhere that is flat and stable."

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