May 20, 2022, 9:22

    Body found in search for man, 24, who fell from boat as police probe his death

    Body found in search for man, 24, who fell from boat as police probe his death

    Police investigating the disappearance of a man thought to have fallen from a boat off the Dorset coast have found a body.

    Authorities said while formal identification is yet to take place, the remains are believed to be those of David Haw.

    The 24-year-old, from Sussex, had been missing since police received a report in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, that he had fallen off a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) in Poole Harbour.

    Today Dorset Police said they received a report at 1.37pm that a body had been found in the water in the harbour.

    Police said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, led by Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), remains ongoing.

    Searches had been launched for David after he fell from a boat

    Max Willcock/BNPS)

    A 19-year-old man from Southampton, who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, remains released under investigation.

    Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of MCIT, said: "David's family have been kept fully updated and our thoughts are very much with them and all David's loved ones at this extremely difficult time.

    "We will continue to do all we can to support them.

    "I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the searches since David went missing for their efforts."

    David's mother Gill, this week shared an update stating that her son had died at sea.

    Police are investigating David's death and a 19-year-old man has been arrested


    A fundraiser for the RNLI has been launched in his memory.

    Gill wrote: "David was part of the sailing community, he spent many hours on the water.

    "He tragically died at sea. This donation will help provide much needed funds for the RNLI to continue their work in saving lives at sea."

    In the fundraiser, which you can support here, the family cite their desire to raise funds for the RNLI, one of the organisations who tried to find him.

    Extensive searches had been carried out in the days following the incident, involving the RNLI, HM Coastguard, police, Dorset Search and Rescue and specialist dive teams.

    Following David's disappearance, Chief Inspector Darren Harris, of Dorset Police, said: "A co-ordinated multi-agency search and rescue effort has been going on since the initial report of David's disappearance.

    "Police, the coastguard, the RNLI and volunteers from DorSAR have been searching extensively in the harbour and surrounding areas.

    "We will continue with our efforts to find David."


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