Lifeboat crews battled rough conditions in search for a missing person in Lyme Regis.

The RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat received a callout at 5.53pm on Monday, May 13 after concern was raised for a person's welfare.

The Lyme Regis Coastguard reported that a person was seen entering the water fully clothed in Lyme Regis. 

The crew experienced "atrocious seas and weather conditions" according to the coastguard.

Teams also assisted from the Lyme Regis and Beer Coastguard, Rescue Helicopter 187 and the RNLI Exmouth lifeboat.

Once the volunteer crew arrived at the scene, a full search of the area was conducted. 

The H.M. Coastguard subsequently informed the team that the missing person had been found safe and well on-shore.

All crews were therefore stood down. 

Matt Adamson-Drage, Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer launch authority, said, "We believe this to be a false alarm with good intent. A swimmer was seen entering the rough water but was not noticed leaving it.

"We searched along the coast and found nothing. To be sure there was no one in difficulty both lifeboats and a UK Coastguard helicopter also searched further out to sea.

"We are very grateful to the volunteer crew from Exmouth RNLI and UK Coastguard for their assistance in the search.

"After an hour of searching with nothing found both lifeboats and the helicopter were stood down by UK Coastguard.

"The RNLI advises swimmers not to enter rough water and not to swim alone. Always wear a brightly coloured swim hat and consider using a tow float to increase your visibility in the water.

"Always carry a means of calling for help and tell someone where you are going and when you will be back."