Helicopter search for man missing off Portland

Helicopter search for man missing off Portland

Published by George Sharpe at 7:12am 20th July 2020. (Updated at 10:28am 20th July 2020)

Extensive air and sea searches are underway for a man missing off the coast of Portland.

Dorset Police was called at 10.21 pm on Sunday 19 July 2020 to reports a man had entered the water near the area of Church Ope Cove. 

Officers, the NPAS helicopter and other emergency services, including the ambulance service, the RNLI, HM Coastguard and Dorset Search and Rescue Service attended the scene.

The NPAS helicopter identified a man in the water, but at 11.04 pm it was reported he had disappeared from view.

Extensive searches are being carried out both on land and at sea to try and locate the man.


He is described as white, five feet nine inches tall, with short hair and of medium build. He was described as wearing white trainers, black skinny jeans, a black T-shirt and a grey hooded top tied around his waist. 

Chief Inspector Neil Wright, of Dorset Police, said:

“This was a fast moving incident and we are working with HM Coastguard, who has primacy for searching as he was last seen in the water.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or has seen a man matching the description given, to please contact Dorset Police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200106004.