UPDATE: Search for missing windsurfer called off

The search for a windsurfer missing from Hunstanton, Norfolk since late afternoon on 14 November has been called off. Despite the best efforts of all those involved the missing man has not been found.

HM Coastguard co-ordinated the multi-agency search and rescue operation which commenced at 5.20pm on Saturday 14 November. Searches continued today using the coastguard helicopter from Humberside, the coastguard fixed wing aircraft and the RNLI lifeboat from Cromer.


A windsurfing board was located this morning by the helicopter in waters off the north Norfolk coast and has been identified as belonging to the man. 


Despite strenuous efforts to find the man, he has not been found and the decision was taken to suspend the search this afternoon.


Craig Needham, Team Leader at Humberside Coastguard Operations Centre said:

"Everyone has worked extremely hard searching along the coast and extensively at sea since Saturday evening. However, the decision has been taken to suspend the search pending any further information. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."


Anyone with information not already passed to police, should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101, quoting call number 313 of 14 November. 

Background - teams involved in the search:

Sutton Bridge, Wells, Skegness and Wrangle Coastguard Rescue Teams, 

Hunstanton, Wells, Skegness and Cromer RNLI lifeboats

Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Humberside

Coastguard fixed wing aircraft

Norfolk Police

Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue

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