Search for Guildford man washed out to sea in Cornwall

Stormy seas off Porthleven
Image caption Weather conditions have restricted the search to coastguard teams

A man is missing after being washed out to sea off Cornwall.

The 27-year-old, from Guildford in Surrey, was with a group of friends when the accident happened at about 01:00 GMT, at Loe Bar, near Porthleven.

Falmouth Coastguard said four of the group were hit by a powerful wave, but three managed to get back to shore.

A spokesman said the search had been restricted to coastguard teams ashore because of heavy rain, strong winds and poor visibility.

"The search and rescue helicopter and lifeboats are available, but with 10ft (3m) waves and such poor visibility it's just too risky to use them at the moment," he told BBC News.

It is understood the people were celebrating new year on the beach, when they decided to go into the water.

Coastguard teams from Porthleven, Mullion, Porthousestock and Penzance are involved in the search.

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