Huge search operation launched as man goes missing in the water at Bournemouth beach

A HUGE search operation is underway after a man went missing in the water off Bournemouth beach.

A coastguard helicopter is currently at the scene along with Dorset Police and the RNLI.

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Local news reports say a helicopter is hovering over the area.

Meanwhile RNLI jet skis and volunteers are understood to be searching along the seafront.

In a statement, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard is currently coordinating the search for a male, following a report of a person in the water at Bournemouth beach.

“The Poole and Southbourne Coastguard Rescue Teams, a Coastguard helicopter, Poole RNLI lifeboat and Dorset Police are currently on scene.”

A witness told the Bournemouth Echo that people are being asked to get out of the sea.

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