Perranporth swimmer found!

The missing swimmer detailed below has been found safe and well at home yesterday afternoon [9 August].

The woman, from Truro, was traced thanks to a successful search carried out by local officers, RNLI lifeguards and HM Coastguard who would like to thank members of the public for their assistance with this matter.

There was quite some concern, so good to have a happy ending.

Previous report …

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report from HM Coastguard at the weekend of a female swimmer failing to surface after entering the sea near Perranporth.

The incident happened at around 1.35pm on Saturday 7 August on Perran Sands Beach. Thorough searches by a multi-agency team comprising Newquay Coastguard, Newquay RNLI Lifeboats, Padstow Lifeboat, RNLI Beach Lifeguards, Coastguard Helicopter 924 and HM Coastguard Area 11 Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Coastal Safety SCOO were carried out. The search was suspended at 0040hrs and continued again from 0950 – 1230hrs on Saturday 8th August. Enquiries continue.

The missing swimmer is described as a white female aged in her 40s or 50s, of slim build, with dark shoulder-length hair, wearing a short black dress. She is believed to be local because she informed lifeguards she is a regular swimmer in these waters.

Police are asking for any information which may help to identify, or potentially locate, the woman. One possible outcome is that she may have got out of the water unharmed and is unaware this has been reported. However, witnesses have described her diving under a wave and not coming back to the surface.

If you are able to provide any information, please call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, and quote log number 585 of 07/08/21.

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