THE Chepstow-based Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) is working around the clock in the search for a missing Newport man.

30-year-old Ben Caplan was reported missing from his home in Caerleon on Sunday 8th December.

The volunteers at SARA have been searching the River Usk since the day Mr Caplan was reported missing, and will continue over the coming days.

SARA also conducted a search of the riverbanks earlier in the month.

The search for Mr Caplan is now being concentrated mainly at the river.

Mervyn Fleming, Station Manager at SARA, said: We have conducted all appropriate water searches.

"We aren't able to go out every day however, due to the very high rise and fall of the river, but we will be out again tomorrow."

Ben is described as white, 5'9" tall, of a slight build with shoulder length straight brown hair.

When he was last seen he was wearing a dark navy t-shirt and jeans. He has tattoos on both arms as well as on his back and chest.

Gwent Police said: "Since Mr Caplan's disappearance officers have investigated a number of lines of enquiry, but the main focus of the search has been the River Usk. This follows reports of someone going into the river at Caerleon Bridge at approximately 11.45pm on Saturday 7th December.

"The searches of the river have involved the Police Helicopter, and Gwent Police continues to liaise with SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) who have undertaken a number searches of the river and the riverbanks.

"Ben's family and friends remain deeply concerned for his well-being, and anyone who may have seen Ben or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 295 08/12/13."