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Efforts to identify dead surfer

Kimmeridge Bay
The surfer is thought to have been in the water since Wednesday

Investigations are continuing to establish the identity of a surfer found dead off the Dorset coast.

Portland Coastguard said the man's body was spotted floating in the water in Kimmeridge Bay on Thursday afternoon.

A camper-van found in a nearby car park was recovered by police in an effort to establish the man's identity.

A spokesman for the coastguard said the death appeared to be accidental and that the man was still attached to his surfboard when he was found.

It is believed he had been in the water since Wednesday.

The coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene at about 1415 BST after a passerby made the discovery.

His body was recovered and taken to the shore.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "Dorset police is investigating on behalf of the coroner because there are no suspicious circumstances."



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