A MAN went missing for five-and-a-half hours when he tried to find a toilet at Sandbanks beach.

Emergency services were alerted at 8.20pm last night after the man's wife became concerned.

Police called the National Maritime Operations Centre for coastguard help and a search was carried out.

The couple had travelled to Sandbanks from London for a day out and it was later discovered that he had caught a train home.

"It's worth remembering to arrange a meeting place or ways to contact each other while in different locations" said a spokesman for Poole Coastguard Rescue.