Seafront search teams stood down

PUBLISHED: 22:20 24 January 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 24 January 2012

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RESCUE teams called following reports of a man in the water off Weston's seafront have ended their search.

Weston’s coastguard and lifeboat crews were joined by members of Clevedon’s coastguard to look for a man reported missing at about 6.45pm this evening (Tues).

It is understood a member of the public approached a team of firefighters on a training exercise at the beach to say they thought they had spotted a man walking out to sea.

The coastguard was immediately called, as was Great Western Ambulance Service, which sent its Hazardous Area Response Team, made up of 4x4 vehicles and incident support units, to help with the operation.

Crews, which also include the Avon Fire and Rescue Service hovercraft team, have been unable to find anyone during a search of the shoreline from Knightstone Island all the way along to Uphill.

The search and rescue teams and ambulance staff have now been stood down and the search for the missing man, thought to be aged 23, has been left in the hands of police.

It is understood the man is thought to be living or staying locally and may have mental health issues.

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