PORTLAND Coastguards helped Dorset Police in the search for a missing woman on a busy day for the rescue service.

At 9.52 am, a 999 call was made to Portland Coastguard from a broken down jet-ski in Poole Harbour.

Broadcast action resulted in Sunseeker 54 towing the vessel to Poole Quay Boat Haven.

Just before midday, a yacht off St Albans Head reported hearing a possible Mayday call.

Examination of the replays revealed an innocent call that could have been misheard and following further investigations nothing untoward was found.

At 2.35pm, Portland Coastguards assisted Dorset Police and the Dorset Police Helicopter in the search for a vulnerable missing woman.

The woman, aged in her 40s, had driven to Dorset from Surrey and her car was found in Chesil Beach car park with no parking ticket.

Police were concerned for her safety as she was said to be feeling suicidal.

The search continued well into the evening, before the woman was found when she returned to her vehicle.

Shortly after the search was launched, Coastguards received another call from the vessel Wahoo.

The vessel reported a 17ft Dory with three persons on board off the Pinnacles Old Harry called NEVARDA with engine failure.

Broadcast action resulted in a motor cruiser, called Time Out, towing the craft to Cobbs Quay.

At 6.15pm, Southbourne Coastguard Rescue Officers were tasked to proceed following a report of items of debris floating just to the east of Boscombe Pier.

On arrival on scene, they met with the first informant and then investigated the area but found nothing out of the ordinary.