2 Feb 2015

Man scattering ashes swept out to sea

7:35 am on 2 February 2015

The search has been called off for a man missing at sea after he was caught by a large wave as he was scattering his sister's ashes in southern England.

The 51-year-old was last seen at Trebarwith Strand, near Tintagel, north Cornwall, late on Saturday afternoon.

Coastguards said the man, who the BBC named as Shane Galliers, was caught by a large wave.

Two other members of the group he was with went into the sea in an attempt to rescue him but were unsuccessful.

Despite an extensive search by coastal rescue teams on Saturday and Sunday, Mr Galliers has not been found.

Members of his family said he was spreading his sister's ashes when he slipped into the water. Jasmine Bird, whose mother's ashes Mr Galliers was scattering, said that particular location was a very personal spot for the family.

The Falmouth Coastguard watch manager said conditions had been "unfavourable with gale force winds and rough seas".

William Titcombe, who is the manager of the nearby Port William Hotel, said up to 15 people from the coastguard rescue teams had combed the beach and looked along the tide-line.

"It is quite a dangerous part of the coastline and each year a number of people end up getting rescued."