Published Sunday, 15 September 2013
On Sunday police were forced to call off the search for the man because of the stormy weather in the area.
The 38-year-old Polish national had been fishing off Ramore Head when he was swept into the water by a wave on Saturday afternoon.
Search and rescue teams scoured the area for over four hours before low light forced them to end their operations.
On Sunday morning search teams resumed their operation.
However, just after 1pm, police and coastguard personnel involved in the search were recalled because of the treacherous conditions.
Chris Little, station officer for Coleraine Coastguard said hope of finding the man was fading.
He told UTV: "The man was returning from a fishing trip with two friends and he was caught by the swell and taken in to the sea and unable to return to the shore."
The water is very cold, conditions are extremely rough and the longer this incident progresses the faster hope dwindles.
Chris Little, Coleraine Coastguard
He added: "Survival times in the sea in this area are very low for someone who is not wearing any form of life jacket or protection at all.
"I would say to people to take every precaution if you are going near the water.
"If you are going fishing on rocks - which in itself is a very dangerous thing - you should always wear a life jacket or some form of buoyancy aid.
"That way if you do get swept into the water, there is at least a chance you will be able to keep afloat until you can be recovered."
A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Storm force winds have made conditions too dangerous for police and coastguard crews to continue searching for the man.
"The conditions will be continuously reviewed with a view to recommencing the search as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
She added: "Police remind members of the public not to attempt to carry out any independent searches.
"There is a very real risk to life in untrained and inexperienced individuals attempting to undertake this type of work particularly in the midst of severe weather conditions."
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