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Fisherman, 21, dies and his brother is still missing

Two holidaymakers from the same family are feared dead after being swept out to sea while fishing from rocks off the coast of Cornwall.

A major search resumed for one missing angler this morning after a 21-year-old man who was hauled from the water by coastguards was confirmed dead.

Coastguards say the two brothers were both fishing off rocks at Treyarnon Bay, Padstow, when the tragedy occurred.

Two holidaymakers from the same family are feared dead after being swept out to sea while fishing from rocks off the coast of Cornwall. Pictured, helicopters at the scene of the rescue today

Two holidaymakers from the same family are feared dead after being swept out to sea while fishing from rocks off the coast of Cornwall. Pictured, helicopters at the scene of the rescue today

The hunt for the second angler was suspended overnight as daylight faded, but resumed at 7am today.

It is understood that a third man who was fishing when the two brothers were swept into the sea was their step-father. 

Witnesses first reported them missing at 2.35pm on Monday.

A short while later, one man was located in the water and pulled out by the coastguard helicopter.

A major search resumed for one missing angler this morning after a 21-year-old man who was hauled from the water by coastguards was confirmed dead

A major search resumed for one missing angler this morning after a 21-year-old man who was hauled from the water by coastguards was confirmed dead

Coastguards say the two brothers, were both fishing off rocks at Treyarnon Bay, Padstow, when the tragedy occurred

Coastguards say the two brothers, were both fishing off rocks at Treyarnon Bay, Padstow, when the tragedy occurred

He was transferred to hospital by air ambulance but pronounced dead.

James Instance, of Falmouth Coastguard, said: 'Our understanding is they were down on holiday in Cornwall.

'It's a stark reminder of quite how powerful the sea is and how things can happen incredibly quickly.

'There was a significant breaking wave in the area building during the course of the afternoon.

'It may not have looked particularly rough but they were challenging conditions close in shore.'

Rescuers said they felt there was now very little chance of finding the second man alive.

Mr Instance said the search teams had night vision equipment available but the risk to the rescuers outweighed the hope of finding him in the dark.

The hunt for the second angler was suspended overnight as daylight faded, but resumed at 7am today

The hunt for the second angler was suspended overnight as daylight faded, but resumed at 7am today

It is understood that a third man who was fishing when the two brothers were swept into the sea was their step-father

It is understood that a third man who was fishing when the two brothers were swept into the sea was their step-father

He added: 'We would have searched throughout the night. If we felt there was any chance whatsoever of finding him we would have continued.

'The helicopter was going across time after time, it was a very detailed search of the area. We were confident when we stood down the search that if the missing person had been on the surface we would have found him.

'It is an unimaginable tragedy for those concerned. Our thoughts primarily are with the family.'

Devon and

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