Body found on Seatown beach after boat washes ashore

Seatown, Dorset Image copyright Richard Slessor
Image caption The body was found on the beach in the Seatown area of Dorset

The body of a 59-year-old man has been found on a beach in Dorset following a "major search" of the coastline after an unoccupied boat washed ashore.

The small boat was found at Seatown at about 09:00 BST, police said.

The body of the local man was discovered nearby after a search which involved Dorset and Devon coastguards and lifeboats.

Dorset Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and next of kin had been informed.

The force said it was now conducting inquiries on behalf of the coroner.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "A major search was carried out along parts of the Dorset and Devon coastline involving the coastguard helicopter from Portland, the West Bay, Swanage, Lyme Regis, Exmouth and Beer Coastguard Rescue Teams, along with the two Exmouth RNLI lifeboats, the Sidmouth independent lifeboat and the RNLI lifeboat from Lyme Regis."

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