Dorset

Search for diver missing off Portland is called off

The search for a missing diver off the Dorset coast has been called off.

The man, believed to be 64 years old, went missing about 16 miles south east of Portland while on a dive trip with the diving catamaran Skindeeper.

The skipper alerted coastguards shortly before 11:00 BST on Friday when the diver failed to surface.

The coastguard confirmed a "highly concentrated" search by lifeboats, a UK Border Agency vessel and a Fisheries Protection plane was unsuccessful.

Dorset Police are liaising with the diver's family.

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