A BARMAN who drowned after getting into difficulty in the sea off the Purbeck coast had been drinking, an inquest has heard.

Moldova-born Vadim Sirghii, aged 26, of Hounslow, London, had been visiting Man O' War beach, Durdle Door, with his brother and friends when the tragedy unfolded earlier this year.

On Wednesday at Dorset Coroner's Court, Bournemouth Town Hall, and inquest hearing was opened and adjourned into the young barman's death.

Coroner's officer Ken McEwan, giving evidence at the brief hearing, told the court: "Mr Sirghii was swimming at the beach with his brother and friends when he got into difficulty.

"His brother and friends had lost sight of him.

"He was located the next day by police divers."

His death was recorded as June 23, 2020.

The court also heard that following a post mortem examination, the pathologist recorded a cause of death as drowning and alcohol intoxication.

Coroner Brendan Allen, who presided over the hearing, adjourned the inquest until a review hearing scheduled for October 7.

He said: "I am going to request statements from his family, from his GP regarding his past medical history, from the police regarding their investigations and from the friends who were present with him at the scene when he went into the sea."

Emergency services were called to Durdle Door on Sunday, June 21, after reports of man missing in the water.

Extensive searches were carried out to try and locate him by a number of agencies, including officers from Dorset Police, members of the police dive team, HM Coastguard and the RNLI, with assistance from the ambulance service.

Speaking at that time, Chief Inspector Stu Pitman, of Dorset Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man at this very difficult time.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for the prompt and co-ordinated multi-agency search effort and those members of the public who assisted in sharing our appeal.”