THE search for a Portsmouth man feared drowned after going missing while swimming in the sea has been called off.
A major search was launched after man in his 20s disappeared yesterday afternoon at Durdle Door in Dorset.
He was visiting the area with two friends when the decided to swim in the sea.
His colleagues made it safely back to shore to raise the alarm when he disappeared.
Coastguards and the RNLI searched without success before darkness fell.
Lulworth Coastguard rescue officers started a shoreline search at 8am today and the Portland Coastguard helicopter and a Royal Navy helicopter searched a wide area of sea around the Durdle Door beauty spot.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the search has now been stood down.
An update read: ‘Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Portland has carried out another search this morning. Nothing found.
‘Search has now been stood down unless any new information comes to light.’