Fisherman finds skull on shore
Jul 14 2010
Tests are being carried out on a human skull which has washed up on the coast.
A fisherman discovered the skull at Silverdale, in Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, on Saturday night.
A number of bodies are still missing following the 2004 cockle-picking tragedy and a helicopter crash four years ago.
Twenty-three Chinese nationals are believed to have drowned while picking cockles as the tide came in and then washed them away. Two of the victims were never found.
In December 2006, seven men died when a helicopter picked them up from a gas platform and then crashed into the Irish Sea.
The body of one of the men, Keith Smith, 57, from Stockton-on-Tees, has not been recovered.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "A fisherman reported finding a human skull on the shoreline at Silverdale at 6.25pm on Saturday.
"The area was searched the following day, once the tidal conditions were safe, but no further remains were found at the scene.
"The skull will have several tests carried out on it in order to try to establish an identity.
"We do not have any recent missing people reported that this could be linked to but the changing currents mean we cannot be sure where it originally came from."