Coastguards were called out after a passer-by found an upturned dinghy.

Members of Wyke Coastguard Rescue were sent to the scene at Osmington Mills yesterday morning.

A spokesman for the team said: "On arrival it was clear that this 14ft dingy had washed ashore after been blown from a hard standing or breaking its moorings, quite possibly in Portland Harbour.

"With no signs of recent occupancy we were stood down."

Anyone with knowledge of the dingy, named 'Halma', is being urged to contact coastguards.