VIDEO: Poole Harbour: fears grow for missing man as search called off

Bournemouth Echo: SEARCH: The coastguard helicopter in the air earlier today SEARCH: The coastguard helicopter in the air earlier today

A man who went missing yesterday morning when a dinghy capsized in Poole Harbour has still not been recovered.

The man in his 30s disappeared under the water after the seven foot tender overturned around 10.17am on Sunday while on route to a fishing boat moored in the harbour. Two other men with him were recovered and treated for severe hyperthermia

A wide-scale search was called off after three hours and coastguards said today it would not resume unless fresh information came to light.

A spokesman for Portland Coastguard said: "The search was terminated and the matter is now in the hands of the police.

"We are keeping a look out today in the course of our routine activities but, in terms of an official search, unless any new information comes to light we have nothing else to go on. We are taking it hour by hour."

Yesterday rescuers found one man clinging to a buoy, and the second was pulled from open water.

It has been said that none of the men were wearing lifejackets.

Lifeboats from Swanage and private boats joined a major search effort, alongside RNLI volunteers who were responsible for the coastline and the Portland Coastguard’s helicopter.

Helmsman of Poole’s inshore lifeboat, Gavin McGuinness, said: “In the area where we found the dinghy, the water was about a metre and a half deep.

“When we arrived, the helicopter was already lifting the two out of the water. When it began to fly back to land, they called to say they’d just been told a third person was still in the water. He had gone sub-surface while the other two were clinging on to the wreckage.”

Lifeboats completed a full area search while a second helicopter used infra-red to try and find the man.

Mr McGuinness said: “We put one person in the water to see if he had gone under the dinghy, but unfortunately we couldn’t find him.”

Poole Lifeboat coxswain Jonathan Clark said search parties have done everything possible to find the missing man, and boats may be called out again to aid with the search.
“If the Coastguard deems it to be necessary, we will go out again,” he said.

“If they get information that could lead to him being in a different position in the area we’ll be called out to try and find him. But we have been searching quite a small area, and we’ve covered that area eight to 10 times today.”

Dom Fraser, who is a member of the North Haven Yacht Club at Sandbanks, said he’d heard the men shouting for help as they clung to the dinghy.

Poole Hospital's acting manager Andy Martin said the two men who were rescued from the water were both discharged within four hours.

The missing man is described as 5ft 8in, slim build with short light brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset police on 101.

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4:10pm Sun 23 Dec 12

birdxs says...

Officially it was HM COASTGUARD IRT RESCUE OFFICERS from Poole who conducted the shore line search as rnli are not trained in shore line searches
Officially it was HM COASTGUARD IRT RESCUE OFFICERS from Poole who conducted the shore line search as rnli are not trained in shore line searches birdxs
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4:28pm Sun 23 Dec 12

tramp_about_town says...

birdxs wrote:
Officially it was HM COASTGUARD IRT RESCUE OFFICERS from Poole who conducted the shore line search as rnli are not trained in shore line searches
Oh for goodness sake! I hope you get a life this Christmas instead of the traditional anorak!
[quote][p][bold]birdxs[/bold] wrote: Officially it was HM COASTGUARD IRT RESCUE OFFICERS from Poole who conducted the shore line search as rnli are not trained in shore line searches[/p][/quote]Oh for goodness sake! I hope you get a life this Christmas instead of the traditional anorak! tramp_about_town
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4:33pm Sun 23 Dec 12

High Treason says...

Why no life jackets? It is as bad as riding a motor bike without a helmet. What a waste of a life.
Why no life jackets? It is as bad as riding a motor bike without a helmet. What a waste of a life. High Treason
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5:06pm Sun 23 Dec 12

aerolover says...

Was this the helicopter from Portland that is due to be axed? by the picture the call sign IJ is Portland.
Just goes to show we need the Portland base.
Was this the helicopter from Portland that is due to be axed? by the picture the call sign IJ is Portland. Just goes to show we need the Portland base. aerolover
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5:18pm Sun 23 Dec 12

p.smith1958 says...

I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding
I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding p.smith1958
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5:56pm Sun 23 Dec 12

MJD says...

aerolover wrote:
Was this the helicopter from Portland that is due to be axed? by the picture the call sign IJ is Portland.
Just goes to show we need the Portland base.
No. Portland is Whiskey Bravo.
[quote][p][bold]aerolover[/bold] wrote: Was this the helicopter from Portland that is due to be axed? by the picture the call sign IJ is Portland. Just goes to show we need the Portland base.[/p][/quote]No. Portland is Whiskey Bravo. MJD
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6:02pm Sun 23 Dec 12

SeafaringMan says...

MJD wrote:
aerolover wrote:
Was this the helicopter from Portland that is due to be axed? by the picture the call sign IJ is Portland.
Just goes to show we need the Portland base.
No. Portland is Whiskey Bravo.
India Juliet was years ago. Trust the ECHO to use out of date photo.
[quote][p][bold]MJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aerolover[/bold] wrote: Was this the helicopter from Portland that is due to be axed? by the picture the call sign IJ is Portland. Just goes to show we need the Portland base.[/p][/quote]No. Portland is Whiskey Bravo.[/p][/quote]India Juliet was years ago. Trust the ECHO to use out of date photo. SeafaringMan
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6:03pm Sun 23 Dec 12

MJD says...

birdxs wrote:
Officially it was HM COASTGUARD IRT RESCUE OFFICERS from Poole who conducted the shore line search as rnli are not trained in shore line searches
I beg to differ. The RNLI was walking in line in the water off the shore line not the coastguard. The coastguards were stood on the end of a jetty.
[quote][p][bold]birdxs[/bold] wrote: Officially it was HM COASTGUARD IRT RESCUE OFFICERS from Poole who conducted the shore line search as rnli are not trained in shore line searches[/p][/quote]I beg to differ. The RNLI was walking in line in the water off the shore line not the coastguard. The coastguards were stood on the end of a jetty. MJD
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6:26pm Sun 23 Dec 12

djd says...

p.smith1958 wrote:
I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding
Yours is the only respectable comment on here.
Glad you got out OK.
Thoughts and prayers for your missing crewman.
[quote][p][bold]p.smith1958[/bold] wrote: I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding[/p][/quote]Yours is the only respectable comment on here. Glad you got out OK. Thoughts and prayers for your missing crewman. djd
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6:44pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Wallisdownfamily says...

djd wrote:
p.smith1958 wrote:
I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding
Yours is the only respectable comment on here.
Glad you got out OK.
Thoughts and prayers for your missing crewman.
A tragic accident - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your missing friend's family at this time of year.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]p.smith1958[/bold] wrote: I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding[/p][/quote]Yours is the only respectable comment on here. Glad you got out OK. Thoughts and prayers for your missing crewman.[/p][/quote]A tragic accident - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your missing friend's family at this time of year. Wallisdownfamily
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7:06pm Sun 23 Dec 12

marie s says...

O.M.G wow why dont you all stop writing stupid comments about bad storys there is a man missing in the frezzing water and his family and friends are beside them selfs its 2 days away till xmas and this family have to deal with this lets just hope they do not read your nasty comments lets hope he is found self and well prayers and thoughts are with every one that knows him x
O.M.G wow why dont you all stop writing stupid comments about bad storys there is a man missing in the frezzing water and his family and friends are beside them selfs its 2 days away till xmas and this family have to deal with this lets just hope they do not read your nasty comments lets hope he is found self and well prayers and thoughts are with every one that knows him x marie s
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7:32pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Coasty says...

To clear up any misunderstandings, normally RNLI Lifeboats search the water and Coastguard Rescue teams search the land. In this case, due to the severity of the incident, Coastguards from Poole and Swanage were deployed to search the coastline as well as RNLI crew ashore.
Helicopter callsigns:Coastguard Helicopters from both Portland and Solent were tasked to the incident. Solent Coastguard Helicopter callsign is Rescue 104, Portland's is Rescue 106 (Rescue is only used when on SAR missions). Although the aircraft registrations end in IJ, WB or SAR-D this is no longer their callsign, just an identifier of which airframe is being used.
Whatever uniform people wear it's the common goal which is important - that of Search And Rescue.
Obviously, all our thoughts are with the family of the missing person at this time.
To clear up any misunderstandings, normally RNLI Lifeboats search the water and Coastguard Rescue teams search the land. In this case, due to the severity of the incident, Coastguards from Poole and Swanage were deployed to search the coastline as well as RNLI crew ashore. Helicopter callsigns:Coastguard Helicopters from both Portland and Solent were tasked to the incident. Solent Coastguard Helicopter callsign is Rescue 104, Portland's is Rescue 106 (Rescue is only used when on SAR missions). Although the aircraft registrations end in IJ, WB or SAR-D this is no longer their callsign, just an identifier of which airframe is being used. Whatever uniform people wear it's the common goal which is important - that of Search And Rescue. Obviously, all our thoughts are with the family of the missing person at this time. Coasty
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7:46pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Boscombe Warrior says...

Sending prayers to all concerned x
Sending prayers to all concerned x Boscombe Warrior
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8:36pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Couchy125 says...

Very very sad. Feeling the pain for the family and friends involved.
Very very sad. Feeling the pain for the family and friends involved. Couchy125
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8:56pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Clarrie says...

Lots of love, prayers and hope to all involved in this tragic accident. X
Lots of love, prayers and hope to all involved in this tragic accident. X Clarrie
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10:41pm Sun 23 Dec 12

scrumpyjack says...

marie s wrote:
O.M.G wow why dont you all stop writing stupid comments about bad storys there is a man missing in the frezzing water and his family and friends are beside them selfs its 2 days away till xmas and this family have to deal with this lets just hope they do not read your nasty comments lets hope he is found self and well prayers and thoughts are with every one that knows him x
Embarassing.
[quote][p][bold]marie s[/bold] wrote: O.M.G wow why dont you all stop writing stupid comments about bad storys there is a man missing in the frezzing water and his family and friends are beside them selfs its 2 days away till xmas and this family have to deal with this lets just hope they do not read your nasty comments lets hope he is found self and well prayers and thoughts are with every one that knows him x[/p][/quote]Embarassing. scrumpyjack
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12:18am Mon 24 Dec 12

corngoat says...

Sending thoughts and prayers to the missing crewman, his family and friends and all those who are helping in the rescue attempt.
Sending thoughts and prayers to the missing crewman, his family and friends and all those who are helping in the rescue attempt. corngoat
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8:20am Mon 24 Dec 12

renea says...

Wallisdownfamily wrote:
djd wrote:
p.smith1958 wrote:
I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding
Yours is the only respectable comment on here.
Glad you got out OK.
Thoughts and prayers for your missing crewman.
A tragic accident - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your missing friend's family at this time of year.
I am so sorry to hear about your tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with you x
[quote][p][bold]Wallisdownfamily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]p.smith1958[/bold] wrote: I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding[/p][/quote]Yours is the only respectable comment on here. Glad you got out OK. Thoughts and prayers for your missing crewman.[/p][/quote]A tragic accident - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your missing friend's family at this time of year.[/p][/quote]I am so sorry to hear about your tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with you x renea
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10:35am Mon 24 Dec 12

sammmymac says...

Condolences to the family of the missing man. Unexpected, sudden death of someone so, so young affects the lives of so, so many; parents, grandparents, siblings, wives, partners, children, friends, work colleagues. The ripples are huge, lets not forget that many people are now suffering and offer them our thoughts.
Condolences to the family of the missing man. Unexpected, sudden death of someone so, so young affects the lives of so, so many; parents, grandparents, siblings, wives, partners, children, friends, work colleagues. The ripples are huge, lets not forget that many people are now suffering and offer them our thoughts. sammmymac
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10:35am Mon 24 Dec 12

traceyannconnor says...

Sad news. Hope they find the missing person soon.
Well done to the rescue team for their efforts!
Why don't we know the name? Someone may have seen the missng person ( positive thinking!).

Lifebelt should be law.

My thoughts are with the families involved.
Sad news. Hope they find the missing person soon. Well done to the rescue team for their efforts! Why don't we know the name? Someone may have seen the missng person ( positive thinking!). Lifebelt should be law. My thoughts are with the families involved. traceyannconnor
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7:10pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Skyrah says...

It's never a good time to lose a loved one, but there's always going to be a cloud over the Christmas celebrations for those who have lost someone. I know from personal experience that it feels wrong for sometime to join in with festivities and my heart goes out to the family of the missing man. I hope for their sake that he is recovered soon and the family can get piece of mind.

I can't believe that someone can go missing in such relatively shallow water so close to the shore. Very sad.

To the volenteers of the RNLI, I hope you have a safe and uneventful Happy Christmas.
It's never a good time to lose a loved one, but there's always going to be a cloud over the Christmas celebrations for those who have lost someone. I know from personal experience that it feels wrong for sometime to join in with festivities and my heart goes out to the family of the missing man. I hope for their sake that he is recovered soon and the family can get piece of mind. I can't believe that someone can go missing in such relatively shallow water so close to the shore. Very sad. To the volenteers of the RNLI, I hope you have a safe and uneventful Happy Christmas. Skyrah
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7:14pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Peter Boat Safety says...

Firstly condolences to the family of the missing man.

Secondly, to help anyone esle who intends to go out on the water, please refer to the RNLI website.

A Hand Held Marine Radio can be bought from around £60 and a training course is required. Mobile phones have restricted use

If buying a life jacket we prefer the ones that auto inflate wiith a light and whistle attached. The life jacket needs to be checked yearly.

Flares are also a must

The RNLI offers a free, friendly and confidential service that looks at the safety aspects of your boat. Conducted by one of our highly trained volunteers, Advice Onboard is a personal, face-to-face safety advice service that takes place onboard your craft. You set the time and we tailor our visit to your vessel and the type of boating you do.

Benefits
Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced boater, our unique one-to-one service will give you an opportunity to ask any niggling questions on equipment or emergency procedures. Safety publications can also be provided on request or to download.

Other benefits include:

•a free, independent discussion on boat safety equipment

•an opportunity to discuss safety matters, tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience

•a sticker showing your support for the scheme

•your copy of the completed form, which is a written summary of the main points discussed.

The whole Advice Onboard service, even the phone call to book, is free. The service is available in all parts of the UK and the RoI, at your convenience and to anyone who goes to sea in almost any type of leisure craft.

Our thoughts and prayers are with missing friend's family at this time of year.
Firstly condolences to the family of the missing man. Secondly, to help anyone esle who intends to go out on the water, please refer to the RNLI website. A Hand Held Marine Radio can be bought from around £60 and a training course is required. Mobile phones have restricted use If buying a life jacket we prefer the ones that auto inflate wiith a light and whistle attached. The life jacket needs to be checked yearly. Flares are also a must The RNLI offers a free, friendly and confidential service that looks at the safety aspects of your boat. Conducted by one of our highly trained volunteers, Advice Onboard is a personal, face-to-face safety advice service that takes place onboard your craft. You set the time and we tailor our visit to your vessel and the type of boating you do. Benefits Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced boater, our unique one-to-one service will give you an opportunity to ask any niggling questions on equipment or emergency procedures. Safety publications can also be provided on request or to download. Other benefits include: •a free, independent discussion on boat safety equipment •an opportunity to discuss safety matters, tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience •a sticker showing your support for the scheme •your copy of the completed form, which is a written summary of the main points discussed. The whole Advice Onboard service, even the phone call to book, is free. The service is available in all parts of the UK and the RoI, at your convenience and to anyone who goes to sea in almost any type of leisure craft. Our thoughts and prayers are with missing friend's family at this time of year. Peter Boat Safety
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9:26pm Tue 25 Dec 12

benjamin says...

My sympathies are with the family of the missing man. As yet I havn't seen any explanation why the search for him was called off after only three hours. This seems to be a very short search considering the accident happened within the confines of Poole Harbour.
My sympathies are with the family of the missing man. As yet I havn't seen any explanation why the search for him was called off after only three hours. This seems to be a very short search considering the accident happened within the confines of Poole Harbour. benjamin
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12:35am Thu 27 Dec 12

mo1960 says...

I would like to thank you all for your kind words at this very sad time. i would also like to thank everyone involved in the search for my son and his two friends who where saved i wish them well. once again THANK YOU.
I would like to thank you all for your kind words at this very sad time. i would also like to thank everyone involved in the search for my son and his two friends who where saved i wish them well. once again THANK YOU. mo1960
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12:38am Thu 27 Dec 12

mo1960 says...

traceyannconnor wrote:
Sad news. Hope they find the missing person soon.
Well done to the rescue team for their efforts!
Why don't we know the name? Someone may have seen the missng person ( positive thinking!).

Lifebelt should be law.

My thoughts are with the families involved.
im sorry but i cannot release his name as of yet but i am his mum and i miss him so much
[quote][p][bold]traceyannconnor[/bold] wrote: Sad news. Hope they find the missing person soon. Well done to the rescue team for their efforts! Why don't we know the name? Someone may have seen the missng person ( positive thinking!). Lifebelt should be law. My thoughts are with the families involved.[/p][/quote]im sorry but i cannot release his name as of yet but i am his mum and i miss him so much mo1960
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12:45am Thu 27 Dec 12

mo1960 says...

p.smith1958 wrote:
I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding
thank you and i am pleased that you are ok.x
[quote][p][bold]p.smith1958[/bold] wrote: I am one of the lucky ones that got rescued, and WAS wearing a Floatation Jacket that kept me afloat, now stop all the negative remarks, and please spear a thought for my missing friends family, thank you for understanding[/p][/quote]thank you and i am pleased that you are ok.x mo1960
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12:47pm Thu 27 Dec 12

benjamin says...

There seems to be lots of mystery surrounding this tragedy!
There seems to be lots of mystery surrounding this tragedy! benjamin
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