The Swanage IRT were tasked by Portland MRCC just before midnight to a report of a missing male in a yacht tender at South Beach Studland.
Conditions at the time were poor with heavy rain and gusting winds and the IRT arrived at the same time as both Swanage Lifeboats. The male was transporting a party from the shore to a yacht moored off the beach and failed to return for a second group waiting on the beach.
Having searched the immediate area, the full Swanage Coastguard team were paged to search the whole of Studland Beach and Rescue 104 was tasked from Lee on Solent to widen the search and assist the Lifeboats searching at sea.
Just after 2.15am Rescue 104 located an up turned tender and very quickly after a person was spotted in the water by the helicopter crew who guided the Lifeboat crews to the location. Rescue 104 then airlifted the person from the lifeboat to Poole but sadly the person was pronounced deceased.
Dorset Police Officers also attended the scene to assist in the search.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family.