Swimmer dies after being pulled from the sea off Portland

Swimmer dies after being pulled from the sea off Portland

Published by Maria Greenwood at 6:15pm 25th July 2020.

A swimmer has died after being found unconscious in the sea off Portland.

Both Weymouth Lifeboats were launched just after 1.30pm this afternoon. (25 July)

They found the male swimmer in the sea near Portland Bill and crew members tried to resuscitate him.

Ken Francis spokesman for Weymouth Lifeboat Station said:

"In difficult circumstances of poor visibility and choppy sea conditions the casualty was located by the Inshore lifeboat some 300m South West from Portland Bill and taken onboard at 2.00pm.

"The volunteer crew immediately commenced CPR before transferring him to the All-weather lifeboat where CPR continued. 

"Due to the seriousness of the condition of the casualty it was decided to transfer him direct to hospital by helicopter. 

"When Coastguard rescue helicopter 175 arrived on scene the casualty was transferred from the All-weather lifeboat into the helicopter and taken straight to Poole Hospital where shortly after arrival he was sadly pronounced dead."