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UPDATE: Body washed up on West Dorset beach
5:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
URGENT inquiries are under way to try to identify a man found dead on a West Dorset beach.
Dorset Police received a call at around 5.10pm on Sunday reporting a body washed up on the beach, 300 metres east of Charmouth sea front.
Coastguards and ambulance staff also attended and the body was moved from the beach to a local mortuary.
The body was found by a couple who were walking their dog along the beach, and they instantly alerted the police, who then informed the coastguard.
Officers arrived on scene with paramedics who confirmed the body was that of a man, aged in his thirties or forties.
Local detectives were informed and tests and further inquiries are being carried out to try to discover his identity.
It is thought that the man had been in the water for several days, had no identification on him and is estimated to be aged between 30 and 45.
Dorset Police Inspector Mike Darby said that police would be making inquiries on behalf of the Dorset coroner.
He said everything possible would be done to try and find out who he was.
He said: “We do not know who this man is and various tests and inquiries will be carried out to try and establish his identity,” he said.
Graham Turner from Lyme Regis Coastguard confirmed that officers attended the scene to support the other emergency services.
Undertakers removed the body from the beach on Sunday evening.
A local resident who was walking along the beach on Sunday afternoon said that it was an extremely sad event.
He said: “I spoke to someone who had passed the scene and was told that it was a body.
“I am not aware of anyone missing locally and a body can travel a long way with the currents in the Channel.
“I hope he is identified soon so his family can be informed and are able to mourn their loved one.”