UPDATED: Search continues for swimmer who went missing at Durdle Door

UPDATED:  Search continues for swimmer who went missing at Durdle Door

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:31am 22nd June 2020. (Updated at 6:26am 23rd June 2020)

Searches are ongoing for a man in his 20's who went missing while swimming at Durdle Door yesterday.

The coastguard received a 999 call from his brother just before 6pm last night. (21 June)

He said his brother had gone under the water and disappeared while swimming near Durdle Door.

A major search operation was launched involving Dorset Police, two coastguard helicopters, Weymouth and Swanage Lifeboats and coastguard rescue teams.

Weymouth lifeboat

It's thought the man was swimming with two other people when he got into difficulty and didn't return to shore.

Ken Francis from Weymouth Lifeboat Station said:

"It was reported that the missing swimmer was one of three who had set out to swim to some rocks near to Durdle Door and on the way back to shore one of them went missing.

"An intensive search of the area was carried out from the shore line to a distance off. The Y boat (a small inflatable boat carried by the All-weather lifeboat) was launched from the All-weather lifeboat to search in very close to the rocks.

"The search continued by the three lifeboats and helicopter until 10pm when with nothing found, all units were stood down and returned to station."

Chief Inspector Stu Pitman, of Dorset Police, said:

“Searches are continuing today in the area to try and locate the missing man.

“I would urge anyone with information that may assist our enquiries to please get in touch.”

So far nothing has been found.

Anyone with information or knowledge as to the missing swimmer's whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 21:331.