Man dies after sea rescue off Portland

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Pulpit Rock, Portland
Pulpit Rock, Portland

AN INVESTIGATION is underway following the death of a man who was pulled from the sea off Portland.

At 12.45pm today (Sunday, September 10th) Dorset Police was contacted by HM Coastguard following reports that they had rescued a man from the water near Pulpit Rock.

The man, who is aged in his 30s, was found to be in a life-threatening condition and was taken to hospital for emergency treatment. He was pronounced dead just after 1.30pm. His next of kin have yet to be informed but coroner has been notified.

Chief Inspector Guy Shimmons, of Dorset Police, said: “We are currently trying to establish how the man came to be in the water. I believe he may have been with two other men prior to the incident and they are currently being spoken to by officers.

“I would ask anyone who was in the Portland Bill area earlier today and either witnessed what happened or saw a group of men prior to the incident to please contact Dorset Police.”

The Coastguard said they had received multiple 999 calls alerting them to a person “in the water in difficulty” at about 12:00.

A search and rescue helicopter was launched before the man was pulled from the water by a lifeboat, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 10:223. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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