Portsmouth man feared drowned after swimming at Durdle Door

Durdle Door
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A Portsmouth man is feared drowned after going missing as he swam with friends.

The man went missing late yesterday afternoon at Durdle Door in Dorset.

The 20-year-old 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 disappered.

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.

Dorset Police confirmed the missing man was 20 and from Portsmouth.

A spokeswoman said: ‘At 4.20pm on Wednesday October 23 Dorset Police received a request for assistance from the HM Coastguard concerning three men in their 20s that had got into difficulties while swimming at Durdle Door.

‘On the police arrival two swimmers had made it back to shore safe and well but one had gone missing out at sea.

‘The National Police Air Service helicopter assisted HM Coastguard in a search of the area until darkness when the search was stopped.

‘HM Coastguard has resumed the search this morning.’