Dorset Police requested Coastguard assistance at around 1.00am this morning, Monday 25 February 2019, to reports of a concern for the welfare of an elderly woman who had left her home address in Swanage.
Whilst police officerscarried out a search of the immediate area, the Coastguard team undertook a detailed search of the shoreline from the Pier to Sheps Hollow. Both Swanage lifeboats launched and concentrated their searches in the bay.
Just as the Coastguard team (by now reinforced with colleagues from St Albans) was about to redeploy to the area on the other side of the Pier, very sadly the body of the woman aged in her 80s was located off Peveril Point at around 2.45am.
Our thoughts are with the lady's family at this time.