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Mystery surrounds fisherman's disappearance at quay

Essex man goes missing while on fishing trip in Dorset

Coastguards are to resume their search for a man from Essex who went missing while fishing in the sea off Mudeford Quay in the Christchurch area in Dorset.

The 65-year-old and his wife had been visiting relatives. On Thursday 5th November the man said he was going fishing, and the last time his wife saw him was at about 10.30am. His wife raised the alert when he hadn't returned from his fishing outing by 3.15pm. An item of clothing believed to be his jacket was found at Mudeford Quay, but there were no signs of the missing man's whereabouts.

He is described as white, six feet tall, of medium build, with short thick white hair and white facial hair. He was wearing black jeans, a black hooded top with a logo on the top left breast, a dark blue anorak and brown and grey walking boots. And he was carrying a square khaki fishing tackle bag and possibly two fishing rods.

Dorset Police, HM Coastguard and the RNLI, have been searching the coastline between Mudeford Quay and Highcliffe Castle. They called off the large scale search at around midnight, but are to start again at first light on Friday. Some officers patrolled the area overnight.

“We are extremely concerned for this man’s welfare and would urge anyone who saw a man matching his description in the Mudeford Quay area to please call Dorset Police urgently.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who discovers abandoned fishing items in the Mudeford Quay area.”

– Police Sergeant Scott McFarland, Christchurch police station

Anyone with information can call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 5:230. Or you can telephone the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111