Search for swimmer off Durdle Door stood down

A search and rescue operation on the Dorset coast has been stood down after finding no trace of a missing swimmer.

The RNLI lifeboat was initially dispatched after members of the public called 999 at around 16:00 BST on Wednesday.

Rescue teams were called off at around 18:30 due to failing light and resumed this morning just after 07:30.

The man had been swimming with two friends when they got into difficulty after getting caught in a current.

Dorset Police said the missing swimmer, who is from Portsmouth, is in his early 20s.

The extensive air and sea search by coastguards involved four helicopters including a Royal Navy Lynx and was stood down just before 11:00 BST.

The two other men managed to swim to shore and were treated by paramedics.

The group is thought to have been visiting the Jurassic Coast for the day.

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