AN extensive search has been launched for a man who went missing after entering the sea to try to rescue a woman and her dog in Burnham-on-Sea.

It is believed that the man entered the water to help the woman and dog. Although they were recovered and brought to safety, the man remains missing.

Coastguard rescue teams were first alerted to the incident at around 4pm yesterday (October 29). 

The man was last seen entering the water near Burnham jetty.

The search continues today (October 30).

A spokesperson from HM Coastguard said: "HM Coastguard has been coordinating the response to two people in difficulty in the water at Burnham-on-Sea.

"First alerted to the incident at around 4pm yesterday (October 29), Coastguard Rescue Teams from Burnham, Weston-super-Mare and Watchet, lifeboats from Burnham and Weston-super-Mare RNLI and Coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-the-Solent and St Athan were sent to the scene, alongside Burnham Area Rescue Boat, Avon and Somerset Police and South Western Ambulance Service.

"A woman and dog were recovered from the water and transferred into the care of the ambulance service.

"After extensive maritime searches into the night, the search for a second casualty was suspended at around 11pm and will resume today (October 30)."