Police are searching Horden Beach as part of a search for a missing Blackhall Colliery man
Gareth Palfrey, 31, was last seen at 10.15am on Tuesday June 28, at his home address.
Mr Palfrey is described as white, with short dark brown hair and brown eyes.
When he was last spotted he was wearing a grey hooded top, dark trousers and orange Nike Air Max trainers.
Today officers from Durham Police have been carrying out searches along Horden Beach.
A spokesman said: "Officers are concerned for Mr Palfrey’s welfare and would ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts contacts 101 as a matter of urgency."