'Missing person' turns out to be drunk man who went home in boxers

PUBLISHED: 07:39 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 11 December 2017

The coastguard found the 'embarrassed' man. (Stock image)

The coastguard found the 'embarrassed' man. (Stock image)

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A search for a missing man was stood down yesterday (Sunday) after it turned out clothes mysteriously left on the beach belonged to a reveller who was so drunk he went home in just his boxers.

Burnham Coastguard was called out at 3.24pm after a phone, wallet and clothes were seen on the seafront, leading to fears somebody may be lost at sea.

Its spokesman said: “With the weather taking a cold turn and the snow falling it was possible that the person could be vulnerable, or attempting to enter the water.

“When we arrived on scene closer investigation revealed an identity from the wallet while a small search of the area was carried out.

“While this was happening a very embarrassed person approached the team and made it known that the items were his.

“After a Christmas celebration the night before he had got a bit worse for wear and somehow lost his clothes, phone and wallet and had turned up at home in just boxer shorts.

“Thankfully he was OK and we all turned up to the items around the same time saving us carrying out a prolonged search.”

While the man was unharmed, the coastguard has urged people to take extra care at this time of year.

Its spokesman said: “Please be careful if are out and about for the festive period, all that extra alcohol and the cold weather is not a good mix.

“And if you do find yourself in difficulty along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard

“Lucky for this person it was nothing more than a red face and a story of how he lost his clothes.

“Also tasked but stood down before leaving station was BARB Hovercraft Team.”

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