Missing swimmer, 21, drowned in Dorset

A coastguard helicopter searches the sea off Durdle Door. Picture: James Gale

A coastguard helicopter searches the sea off Durdle Door. Picture: James Gale

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A 21-YEAR-OLD man who went missing while swimming in the sea in Dorset drowned, an inquest heard.

Dorset Police confirmed a body recovered from the sea between Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on Friday was that of Henry Maunder, of Waterlooville.

An inquest into Mr Maunder’s death has been opened and adjourned at Bournemouth Coroner’s Court

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said of the inquest: ‘Evidence has heard that 21-year-old Henry George Maunder from Waterlooville died at Durdle Door on Wednesday October 23 2013.

‘The cause of death was drowning.’

Mr Maunder is believed to have been visiting Durdle Door with two friends on October 23.

It is understood that he was swimming in the sea when he got into difficulty.

A major search was launched after members of the public raised the alarm at about 4pm until darkness fell but no trace could be found.

The search resumed early the following morning

But it was called off later that day.

The inquest has been adjourned to a later date to be set.

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