Coastguard suspends search for missing snorkeler

Coastguard suspends search for missing snorkeler

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:13am 29th May 2020. (Updated at 10:14am 29th May 2020)

The coastguard have suspended an extensive search for a young snorkeler who was reported missing off Portland.

17-year-old Oscar Montgomery was last seen at Church Ope Cove on Wednesday afternoon. (27th May)

Lifeboat crews, helicopters, rescue boats from the cruise ships in Weymouth Bay, together with coastguard rescue teams and Dorset Police have all been involved in a major search and rescue operation.

So far nothing has been found.

ships off portland searching for teenage snorkeler

Ken Francis from Weymouth RNLI said:

"As time went on the search was expanded and other assets were brought into the search.

"In addition to the two lifeboats, two Coastguard helicopters, two war ships and other vessels, including two rescue craft from the cruise ship Britannia, in the area were called in.

"Coastguard cliff rescue teams searched the shoreline from Chesil Cove to Portland Harbour. 

"Having searched a huge area of sea from East and West of Portland Bill after nearly twenty four hours the surface search was called off by Solent Coastguard, with Weymouth All-weather lifeboat being the last to leave the search area."

rnli lifeboat off portland

HM Coastguard have now suspended their operation until new information comes to light.

Dorset Police are still making extensive enquiries to find Oscar.


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