Riddle as cops arrest man, 19, on manslaughter after missing sailor 'thrown overboard and drowned' off Dorset coast

A 19-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for manslaughter after a missing British sailor fell overboard from a boat.

David Haw, 24, has not been seen since he plunged into the chilly water of Poole Harbour, Dorset, at 2am yesterday.

David had been onboard a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) that was taking him back from Poole Quay towards Parkstone Marina when he toppled into the water.

It is understood that upon falling in he was fully clothed but not wearing a life jacket.

He had reportedly been in Poole for the weekend for a sailing regatta involving keelboat racing at the time he is feared to have drowned.

Dorset Police today announced that they have arrested a 19-year-old man from Southampton for manslaughter who remains in police custody.

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Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour said: "Our multi-agency search efforts are ongoing to locate David and there will continue to be a police presence in the harbour and surrounding areas.

"We are continuing to keep David’s family updated with any developments and are doing all we can to support them at this difficult time.

"We are carrying out enquiries to establish what happened in order to help us locate David and would urge anyone with information that may assist our searches to please get in touch urgently."

The massive multi-agency air and sea search involved coastguards, the RNLI, police divers and helicopter and volunteers.

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But the operation was called off last night before resuming again this morning.

It is thought it will be called off at 7pm today with hopes of finding the 24-year-old fading fast.

Cops are working alongside the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency into the matter.

David is described as white, 5ft 10 ins tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and a short beard and bushy eyebrows.

He had been a member of the Royal Yachting Associations' British Keelboat Academy.

David has a background in dinghy sailing with his local club Weirwood Sailing Club in Forest Row, East Sussex, where he is from.

He studied economics at the University of Bristol and was treasurer and bosun of the university sailing club during his time there.

David worked for software company Civica after graduating.

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A Civica spokesperson said: "We're very concerned that our colleague David Haw is missing following a boating incident in Poole Harbour.

"We remain hopeful that David will be found safe and well and our thoughts are naturally with David’s family and friends at this very anxious time."

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