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Missing windsurfer named as search continues

PUBLISHED: 13:44 16 November 2020 | UPDATED: 05:10 17 November 2020

Chris Bamfield, 65, was  last seen at Hunstanton beach on Saturday, November 14. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Chris Bamfield, 65, was last seen at Hunstanton beach on Saturday, November 14. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

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A major search for a missing windsurfer is still ongoing after he was reported missing over the weekend.

The search continues for a missing surfer at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris BishopThe search continues for a missing surfer at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Chris Bamfield, 65, from Middleton in King’s Lynn, was last seen at Hunstanton beach just before 2pm on Saturday, November 14.

The search continues today after he went into the water in the town late on Saturday afternoon and failed to return home from a windsurfing trip.

Emergency services working with HM Coastguard have been carrying out extensive land, sea and air searches over the weekend, to try to locate Mr Bamfield.

And a Coastguard fixed wing aircraft, a Coastguard helicopter from Humberside and the Cromer lifeboat was launched at about 9.55am this morning.

The search continues for a missing surfer at Hunstanton.  Picture: Chris BishopThe search continues for a missing surfer at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said searches are ongoing this afternoon using a search and rescue helicopter from Humberside, the Coastguard fixed wing aircraft and the RNLI lifeboat from Cromer.

They added: “A windsurfing board was located this morning by the search and rescue helicopter in waters off the north Norfolk Coast.

“It has yet to be confirmed as belonging to the missing man.”

Emergency services were called to the resort’s Cliff Parade just before 5.20pm on Saturday and police, coastguards and lifeboat crews searched the area on and around the beach throughout Saturday night.

Volunteers joined the search for a missing surfer at Hunstanton.  Picture: Chris BishopVolunteers joined the search for a missing surfer at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Over the weekend, extensive searches of the coastline took place involving Sutton Bridge, Wells, Skegness Coastguard Rescue Teams, Hunstanton and Wells lifeboats, search and rescue helicopter from Humberside, the Coastguard fixed wing aircraft and Norfolk Police.

Police have said Mr Bamfield is understood to have parked his car in the area, and prepared to enter the water in a black wetsuit, carrying windsurfing equipment including a red and white sail.

Inspector Simon Jones said: “This is clearly a very worrying time for the friends and family of Mr Bamfield. We believe he’s entered the water to spend time windsurfing and may have got into difficulty.

“Emergency services have been working together throughout the weekend to carry out searches, and the Coastguard will continue with these today. Naturally, as more time passes, our concerns for Mr Bamfield’s welfare grow.”

The search for a missing surfer at Hunstanton continues after he went missing on Saturday. Picture: Chris BishopThe search for a missing surfer at Hunstanton continues after he went missing on Saturday. Picture: Chris Bishop

Mr Bamfield is described as a white male, 5ft 8 in height, with distinctive long, light blonde hair. He is likely to have been wearing a bright orange helmet while windsurfing.

Anyone with information not already passed to police, is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101, quoting call number 313 of 14 November.


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