Latest on man feared drowned in sea

PUBLISHED: 09:20 25 January 2012 | UPDATED: 09:25 25 January 2012

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A MISSING man prompted a major search operation over fears he had drowned in the sea near Weston last night (Tues).

But he was found walking in Drove Road overnight.

Six Great Western Ambulance vehicles, Weston and Clevedon coastguard teams and Avon Fire and Rescue all turned up to what was initially labelled ‘a major incident’ by the police on Tuesday evening.

The family of the missing man, who has mental health issues, had approached firefighters who were on a training exercise on the beach to say they were concerned for his welfare.

After about three hours of searching, launch of the RNLI lifeboats from Weston, the fire service hovercraft and about 25 members of the emergency services conducting a search of the shoreline from Knightstone Island, past the Grand Pier and along to Uphill, the operation was handed over to the police shortly after 10pm.

Great Western Ambulance Service had six vehicles at the scene, including incident response units and 4x4 vehicles.

The man is thought to be aged 23 and living locally.

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