THE COASTGUARD issued a warning yesterday after a surfer went missing in darkness off Cayton Bay.
A rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield joined the Coastguard in the search for the surfer, who was reported missing on Monday.
The surfer managed to get ashore on his own and was found safe and well just as the helicopter and Coastguard, which had rushed to the scene, arrived.
The Scarborough lifeboat had also been notified by pager.
A spokesperson for the Humber Coastguard, which covers the Scarborough area, said that surfers should be aware of the dangers of surfing in hours of darkness.
He added: “We would strongly advise that surfers ensure that somebody knows their location and estimated time of return.
“This particularly applies when surfing alone or in darkness.”
The Coastguard received the emergency call at approximately 4.40pm on Monday afternoon.
The rescue helicopter was diverted from a training exercise nearby to join in the search.