Dorset Police requested assistance from the Coastguard in the search for a missing Swanage lady.
The volunteers from the Swanage Coastguard Team along with the St Albans Team from Worth were tasked at 02.45 to search the coastal area.
Teams were deployed to search areas from Studland to Durlston and were joined by volunteers of both Swanage RNLI lifeboats which carried out an offshore search from Old Harry Rocks to Durlston Head.
Having searched several areas the teams were rested at 05.30 before being sent out again at first light to search further areas.
Teams continued to search till around 10.30 when a passing vessel discovered a body in the sea off St Albans Head.
Volunteers from the Swanage RNLI inshore lifeboat along with a Dorset Police Marine Officer were tasked to meet the vessel. Dorset Police have now confirmed the body is that of the missing lady from Swanage.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends.