A 24-YEAR-OLD man who drowned after being swept out to sea on the west Dorset coast has been named as Ross Parker.

Mr Parker and his mother were both dragged into the sea by a wave while walking on Freshwater Beach at Burton Bradstock on Sunday November 3, a Bournemouth inquest heard.

His mother was able to get out of the water but Mr Parker was pulled out to sea. His body was found the following day and he was pronounced dead on the beach at 6.55am.

Mr Parker was a barman who lived in High Street, Burton Bradstock.

A post mortem examination revealed he drowned, assistant Dorset Coroner Grant Davies was told.

Coroner's officer Susan Kay told the inquest that there are no suspicious circumstances.

The inquest was adjourned to allow for further inquiries to be carried out.

A major search of the west Dorset coast was carried out on November 3 after Mr Parker went missing.

Coastguards from West Bay and Lyme Regis, the RNLI and police, assisted by the NPAS and coastguard helicopters, scoured the area throughout the day.

South Western Ambulance Service also sent seven resources to the scene.

At about 9.30pm that night, police stated efforts would continue the following day. On Monday morning, his body was found at Hive beach.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team said at the time: “Sadly, it was not a positive outcome.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends during this most difficult time.”