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Boat Capsize: Missing Person Search Called Off

An intensive air and sea search for a person believed to be missing in the water after a small boat capsized, has been abandoned.

The Coastguard said the alarm was raised after two people were found holding on to the side of an overturned vessel in Poole Harbour, Dorset.

The boat capsized near Brownsea Island and members of the public on the shore dialled 999 and the men were rescued by helicopter and taken to Poole Hospital.

One man was reportedly rescued from the water while the other was found clinging to a bouy.

Lifeboats had worked alongside Coastguard helicopters in a search for the third person believed to have been on board.

Portland Coastguard coordinated an intensive air and sea search of the harbour over three hours but the man was not found. 

A marker bouy placed in the location of the capsized boat indicated that a casualty in the water would have remained within the harbour area during the search.

Volunteers searched the shore and several private boats joined Coastguards to assist in the search.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: "Portland Coastguard received 999 calls shortly before 11am reporting that there were people in the water from a small capsized boat in the Whitley Lake area just inside the harbour entrance.

"Both coastguard rescue helicopters were on exercise nearby and were on scene quickly".

The search involved two coastguard rescue helicopters, RNLI lifeboats from Poole and Swanage, Coastguard rescue teams from Swanage and Poole as well as local vessels and other members of the emergency services.