Owner of surfboard found at Watergate could be missing

image captionThe surfboard registration sticker on the bottom of the board expired in March 1981

The owner of a surfboard which was found off the Cornish coast is being treated as a missing person, police have said.

An extensive air and sea search was carried out at Watergate Bay on Tuesday evening, but later called off.

A man believed to be in his 20s had been seen with the 1970s red single-fin board at about 1700 BST.

Police said the board might have been discarded or lost, but they are treating it as a missing person case.

The red surfboard has an old Cornwall surfboard registration sticker on the bottom with an expiry date of March 1981.

Police said no-one had been reported missing, but they have appealed to anyone who knows who the surfboard belongs to.

At the height of the search, a rescue helicopter, coastguards, two lifeboats and police spent hours scouring Watergate Bay and the surrounding area.

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