Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 0.35am on Friday 3rd September to search for an overdue motor vessel with seven people on board.
The vessel with 2 adults and 5 children onboard was believed to be making its way to Weymouth from Shell Bay Poole
The vessel had last been seen by the National Coastwatch at St Albans Head around 6pm on Thursday 2nd September, and was making laboured progress South of Kimmeridge.
Checks by Coastguard CRT teams of Weymouth Marinas and Portland Port cctv revealed that it had not arrived.
The lifeboat carried out a shoreline search from Weymouth to St Albans Head in case it was on run aground, before searching by radar and eye further from the shore in 2 mile search grid.
At 1.20am the Coastguard helicopter joined in the search carrying out an intensive offshore search.
At 3.40am, with a through search of the area having been completed and nothing found, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
The RNLI would always advise those going to sea to inform the Coastguard of where they intend to go with an estimated time of arrival and a message to them when they are safely at their destination.