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Coastguard in 'discussions' over resuming search

Portland Coastguard say they are in hour-by-hour discussions to decide whether to start a second day of searching for a man who is missing after a boat capsized in Poole harbour yesterday.

After a thorough search yesterday, the coastguard are unsure as to whether they can resume the search without any more new information.

Two men were found and taken to Poole General Hospital suffering from severe hypothermia, but one member of the crew is still missing.


Police statement on Poole Harbour search

Dorset Police has released a statement on the search in Poole Harbour earlier for a man missing after a boat overturned.

“At 11.04am today Dorset Police received a report from the Coastguard reporting that a vessel had overturned in Poole Harbour at 10.17am. “Three men were believed to be on board the vessel before it overturned. Two men were found and taken to Poole General Hospital suffering from severe hypothermia. Despite a search operation being carried out by the Coastguard, the RNLI and Dorset Police, the third man has not yet been found."

– Dorset Police statement

Police believe the missing man is 5 ft 8 ins tall and aged in his 30s. He is thought to be of slim build, with short, light brown hair.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or anyone who can assist officers, is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 23:192.

Search for missing man called off

The search for a missing man in Poole Harbour in Dorset has been called off. Two people

were rescued from the water by coastguard rescue helicopter.

Portland Coastguard co-ordinated an intensive air and sea search of the harbour over

a three-hour period but the man was not found.

A marker buoy placed in the location of the capsized boat indicated that a casualty on the surface of the water would have remained within the harbour area in the tidal and weather conditions during the search.

The search involved two coastguard rescue helicopters, RNLI lifeboats from Poole and Swanage, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Swanage and Poole as well as local vessels and other members of the emergency services and the community.

Sea search for missing crew

An air and sea search is underway in Poole in Dorset for the third crew member of a small boat which capsized near the entrance to Poole Harbour.

The Portland and Solent search and rescue helicopters were on exercise nearby and were scrambled to the scene shortly before midday.

Two people were rescued from the upturned boat at Whitley Lake just inside the harbour and taken to hospital. A third crew member is believed to be in the water.

The lifeboats from Swanage and Poole are also taking part in the search and coastguard teams are searching the shoreline.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who dialled 999.