From Bude Coastguard:
In the middle of a first aid training session, Bude Coastguard Rescue Team members were paged at 7:49pm yesterday evening, tasked to Summerleaze Beach to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in a search for a missing male who had last been seen at 1.30 pm that afternoon.
The male’s mother gave further information.
Two teams were formed, with one tasked to search north along the coast path towards Sandymouth, and one team to head south towards Widemouth Bay. With the Hartland team arriving on scene shortly after, they were also split into two further search teams, and dispatched east with one searching along the river, and one along the canal.
Given rising tide and fading light, the Officer in Charge requested that Rescue 924 (the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter based in Newquay) be scrambled to provide a shoreline search, in case the missing person had been cut off.
As the search continued into dusk, a male member of the public approached the Bude Lifeboat boathouse and spoke with the shore crew. He was identified as the missing person.
Once safely in the care of Rescue Officers and the Police, the male’s mother was brought to the scene, and happily reunited with her son.
Well done to all involved.
Photo from Bude Coastguard