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Rescuers search for Channel diver

Rescuers are searching for a diver who failed to resurface during a trip.

The Coastguard was called to an area of the English Channel south of Swanage at 4.40pm after reports that a diver had gone missing.

The dive vessel Emma J alerted authorities after only two of three drivers resurfaced during a trip, and lifeboats and a search and rescue helicopter were involved in a major search of an area south of the Dorset town covering around 10 nautical miles.

Mark Rodaway, operations centre commander at the National Maritime Operations Centre, which is currently overseeing the search, said: "This is a significant incident.

"This diver has been missing for more than three hours and clearly this is very serious. We are concentrating our search on this area and will continue to do so."

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