Ben Morris search: Body of Helford River snorkeller found

The Helford River search underway Falmouth Coastguard co-ordinated the search

The body of a man who went missing while snorkelling in the Helford River has been found after a large-scale search.

The man, who has been named by police as Ben Morris, 24, was spotted by a search and rescue helicopter off Rosemullion Head at about 09:00 BST.

Police said his next of kin had been informed and formal identification would be carried out later.

The alarm was raised when he failed to return home on Thursday night.

Mr Morris was equipped with a weight belt and was wearing a dry suit when he told his family he was going out alone, at about 19:00 BST.

The Helford River stretches from the outer edge of Falmouth Bay up to the old port of Gweek.

Falmouth Coastguard, the RNLI, police officers, the police helicopter and the search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were all involved.

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