Friday 22 September 2017

Search called off for man spreading sister's ashes at sea

Rescuers have called off the search for a man who is missing at sea off the English coast after he was caught by a large wave as he spread his sister's ashes (Getty/stock)
Rescuers have called off the search for a man who is missing at sea off the English coast after he was caught by a large wave as he spread his sister's ashes (Getty/stock)

Alex Diaz

Rescuers have called off the search for a man who is missing at sea off the English coast after he was caught by a large wave as he spread his sister's ashes.

Shane Galliers (51) was last seen at Port William, near Tintagel on the north Cornwall coast, on Saturday afternoon.

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

Members of his family said he had been scattering his sister's ashes when he slipped into the water.

Jasmine Bird, whose mother's ashes Mr Galliers was scattering, said: "This is a very personal spot for the family.

"Most members of the family that have passed away are brought here to be scattered.

"My mum and him were incredibly close. They kept each other sane throughout the entirety of their lives."

A Maritime & Coastguard Agency spokesman said: "The search, co-ordinated by Falmouth Coastguard, for the man who was washed into the sea from the north Cornwall coast has now finished, although sadly no sign has been found of him."

Falmouth Coastguard yesterday scrambled a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor. Rescue teams from Boscastle, Padstow and Port Isaac also joined in the unsuccessful search.

Neil Oliver, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, last night said that conditions had been unfavourable due to gale force winds and rough seas.

Irish Independent

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