Dorset swimmer missing after major search off Durdle Door

Durdle Door
Image caption A major search took place near Durdle Door

A man seen struggling in waters off the Dorset coast has yet to be found despite a major search by emergency services.

The swimmer was said to be "in difficulty" in the sea just west of Durdle Door at about 16:00 BST but the search was suspended in failing light.

Portland Coastguard watch manager Ros Evans said it looked increasingly like a "tragic accident".

Rescue teams are set to carry out a shoreline search on Thursday.

Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received calls from members of the public in the afternoon, reporting that three people were in the water, and that one was having trouble.

At one point two people on the beach went out to help him without success.

The two RNLI lifeboats based at Weymouth, the police helicopter and the Wyke and Lulworth Coastguard rescue teams were sent to the area.

They were later joined by the Coastguard Rescue helicopter, a Royal Navy helicopter, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, South West Ambulance, and Dorset Police.

Ms Evans said: "Everyone involved did everything they could to rescue this person but unfortunately this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident."

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