Body of missing swimmer found on Portsmouth beach

DISCOVERY Eastney Beach
DISCOVERY Eastney Beach

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THE body of a man who went missing has been found on Eastney seafront.

The discovery followed a search which lasted several hours after a fisherman spotted a man getting undressed and going into the sea near Fort Cumberland, Eastney, Portsmouth.

The alarm was raised when he did not return.

The body of man, who was aged 29, was found at 11.30pm last night.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘A body of a man has been located on Eastney beach.

‘It has been confirmed this was the same man who was seen going into the water.

‘His family have been informed. No suspicious circumstances have been identified.’

The fire service, the police and the coastguard were sent to Eastney to search the area, including using cameras in nearby storm drains, to find the man, who police said lived locally.

His disappearance was first reported to the authorities at 1.30pm yesterday.

The coastguard, which was the first organisation to be sent out, called off its search at 6.50pm and handed the matter over to the police.