Missing cockle picker: Air and sea search resumes for Darren Rees

Missing cockle picker: Air and sea search resumes for Darren Rees

An air and sea search for a missing cockle picker is continuing off the Welsh coast.

Darren Rees, 43, was last seen cockling at low tide in the Machynys area of Llanelli on Tuesday afternoon.

Dyfed-Powys Police said he was wearing green waders and a blue jumper, and have asked anyone who may have seen him to contact the force.

The coastguard said lifeboats and helicopters resumed their search off the Carmarthenshire coast on Wednesday.

A coastguard helicopter has been hovering low over the area where Mr Rees was last known to have been while police officers are also present.

A group of pickers have also joined the search.

One told the BBC he knew Darren Rees “very well” and that a “big group” of his colleagues were determined to do all they could help find him.

Mr Rees was reported missing at about 18:45 GMT but has not been seen since before it went dark, police had said.

The area of coastline around Carmarthenshire and the Gower is a popular area for cocklers with beds at Loughor, Penclawdd and near to North Dock in Llanelli – near to where Mr Rees went missing.

Dyfed-Powys Police, the coastguard, the national police helicopter, RNLI lifeboats and volunteers from the cockling community searched the coast and Loughor Estuary on Tuesday.

Peter Bailey, senior maritime operations officer at HM Coastguard said: “There has been a search of the entire area and everyone involved has made strenuous efforts to find this missing cockler.

He said the search would continue with coastguard rescue teams and police.

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