A body believed to be that of one of three fishermen missing since yesterday has been recovered from the sea, police said.
The men, named locally as 37-year-old skipper David MacFarland, crewman Robert Prowse, 23, and Jack Craig, 22, had not been seen or heard from since leaving Weymouth on their boat the Purbeck Isle.
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The spokesman added that the body had not yet been formally identified.
Searches have been under way off the Dorset coast since the men were reported missing at around 6pm last night, including help from Navy warships. Coastguards continued to search a 10-mile area off the coast of Portland Bill today using a helicopter and a lifeboat.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Fred Caygill said teams were hoping to send down specialist equipment to look at an object of a similar size to that of the Purbeck Isle discovered on the sea bed by a survey ship with sonar equipment.
Portland coastguard remained at the scene after 9pm tonight and were still waiting for the right conditions to inspect the object. The coastguard helicopter that had been helping with the search was stood down due to low visibility.
Andy Alcock, 59, secretary of the Weymouth and Portland Fisherman and Licensed Boatman Association, said local fishermen had tried phoning the men's mobile phones when they first heard the boat was missing.
He told how the search had been scaled up by the coastguard into a full-blown search and rescue as yesterday evening went on.
The three men were "popular lads", he said, adding:
Mr Caygill confirmed that the boat had broken down in January 2011 and the three men were rescued by a lifeboat and helicopter that scrambled to the scene.