Search for missing teenager in Portland has been suspended

RNLI lifeboard floating through waves
RNLI Lifeboat

17-year-old Oscar Montgomery was last seen in Portland on Wednesday 27th May at around 5pm, and was later reported missing at 7:37pm when he didn’t return from snorkeling.

During multi-agency efforts, there has been a major operation to try and locate the teenager. However, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has stated that the search for Oscar Montgomery has been suspended until further information comes to light.

Despite a thorough and comprehensive search by RNLI lifeboats from Weymouth and Swanage, coastguard search and rescue helicopters from St Athan and Lee-on-Solent, a police helicopter, two coastguard fixed-wing search aircraft, rescue boats from the cruise ships Britannia and Queen Mary 2, two Royal Navy warships, a Royal Navy helicopter, coastguard rescue teams from Wyke and Portland Bill and Dorset Police, nothing has been found.

Dorset Police is continuing to carry out extensive enquiries to try and locate the young snorkeler.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this very difficult time.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Oscar was last seen at Church Ope Cove in Portland, and is described as white, slim and muscular, with brown hair and a small slit in his left eyebrow.

He was wearing a dark coloured wetsuit, black flippers and a black snorkel.

Weymouth RNLI All Weather and Inshore lifeboats were launched at approximately 8.30pm on Wednesday, May 27 to search for the 17-year-old.

As time went on the search was expanded and other assets were brought into the search. These include the two lifeboats, and: two Coastguard helicopters, two Royal Navy warships, two rescue craft from the cruise liners Britannia and Queen Mary 2, Swanage lifeboat, fixed-wing aircraft, Coastguard cliff rescue teams, a police helicopter, a Royal Navy helicopter and the police dive team and more.

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