Owner of surfboard found at Watergate could be missing

Surfboard found in Cornwall
Image caption The 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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