A major search is underway for a man who is thought to have gone missing while spear fishing off the Dorset coastline.
17.7.2017 Post updated
At 10.55am on Sunday 16 July 2017 Dorset Police received a report of a body found in the water off the coast of the White Nothe in Weymouth.
Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the body is believed to be that of missing spear fisherman Andrew Scott.
His family have been informed of the discovery and the coroner has been notified.
His death is not being treated as suspicious and thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this difficult time.
The original report of 11 July is shown below
Andrew Scott, 27, of Winterborne Whitechurch, left home yesterday afternoon, (10 July), to go spear fishing but failed to return as expected.
Dorset Police was called at 8.55pm after a bag containing his belongings was located at White Nothe and his car was found parked at Ringstead Bay, five miles east of Weymouth.
Officers are concerned that Andrew may have come to harm in the water and searches have been carried out overnight, led by HM Coastguard. The search resumed this morning.
Andrew was possibly wearing a full black North Coast wetsuit, blue flippers and a snorkel. His bright orange dry bag containing car keys, mobile phone and clothing were found on the coastline.
Chief Inspector Bryan Duffy, of Dorset Police, said: “Our belief is that Andrew went spear fishing at Ringstead Bay.
“Extensive searches have been carried out overnight in a bid to find Andrew but these have not been successful.”
Anyone who has seen Andrew or a man matching the description of what he was wearing in the Ringstead Bay area should contact Dorset Police urgently at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 10:569. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.