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Body found in Lyme Regis

A body's been found washed up on rocks on the west Dorset coast following a major search operation for a missing man.

Simon Douthwaite disappeared on Wednesday, prompting a huge search, involving dozens of emergency services personnel and members of the public who offered their help.

It is understood Mr Douthwaite plunged from the Cobb wall at Lyme Regis into the sea.

Dorset was put on alert on Wednesday when information was received about Mr Douthwaite, 41, from Purton, near Swindon, being in the Lyme area.


Dog and owner rescued from cliff near Lyme Regis

A dog and its owner have been rescued from a cliff face in Dorset following a two-hour operation. Thirteen coastguard officers and a lifeboat crew were involved after the pair became stuck 60ft up rocks near West Bay.

A coastguard spokesman said it appeared the owner of the dog, a husky-alsatian cross, had attempted a lone rescue after his pet had gone missing the night before. Both were recovered safe and well after becoming entangled in undergrowth.

Picture of wrecked microlight

A Dorset man is recovering after the microlight he was in crashed into the sea in Thailand. 31 year old Patrick Esser from Lyme Regis reportedly suffered a broken arm.

His 57 year old pilot was killed. The men were both scattering the ashes of a friend over Pattaya Bay when the aircraft lost power.

Microlight wreckage in Pattaya Bay, Thailand
Microlight wreckage in Pattaya Bay, Thailand Credit: NI Syndication

Dorset man injured in air crash

A man from Dorset has been injured in a microlight accident in Thailand as he and his pilot were scattering the ashes of a friend above the sea.

31 year old Patrick Esser from Lyme Regis is being treated at a hospital near Bangkok. The pilot was killed when the craft lost power and crashed.

Full report: Beaches fail water quality test

More beaches in our region than last year have failed water quality tests after the UK suffered the wettest summer for a century.

Across the South West, 177 beaches passed the minimum European standard with 16 fails.117 beaches passed the tougher 'guideline' tests with 76 failing. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been to one beach in Cornwall which failed both tests.


South West Water blame wet summer for bathing water problems

South West Water have given their reaction to the results of a Defra survey which shows that 16 bathing water beaches in the region have failed to meet the required quality.

Richard Gilpin, the Head of Waste Water for South West Water, told The West Country Tonight that there can be many contributing factors to water quality on individual beaches which failed the test:

South West bathing beaches fail the water test

Summerleaze beach in Bude failed two water quality tests this year having passed last year. Credit: ITV Westcountry

New figures show that 16 beaches in the South West failed to reach the required standard for bathing water in the latest report on quality standards published by Defra today.

Lyme Regis' Church Cliff Beach, Budleigh Salterton and Summerleaze in Bude were amongst the beaches which failed to reach the required standard.

Nationally the figures show that 93 per cent of England’s bathing waters met the minimum European water quality criteria.

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