Huge search underway as crew members go missing after fishing boat sinks – one saved

A huge search is underway for missing crew members (Image: Alamy Live News.)

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The coastguard is searching for missing crew members after their fishing boat sank this morning.

One man has been recovered from the water by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat, found clinging to a lifebuoy, but two more are still missing.

The rescued man has been transferred to hospital.

HM Coastguard confirmed that they received an alert three nautical miles off the coast at Seaford from the emergency beacon of a fishing vessel called JOANNA C.

Piers Stanbury, HM Coastguard Controller, said: "Thankfully one of the three people on board at the time of sinking has been pulled out of the water and brought to shore by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat but the intensive air and sea search for the two missing crew continues.

(Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

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"Debris has been located close to location of the EPIRB alert location but no life raft has been found as yet."

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "HM Coastguard immediately sent the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd and RNLI all weather lifeboats from both Newhaven and Eastbourne.

"Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Team has been sent to check for sightings from the shore.

"Another fishing vessel in the area responded to the Coastguard radio broadcasts and is helping with the search. The Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Solent will also join the air search.

"The fishing vessel is a 45 foot scalloping vessel with three people on board. The search is ongoing."

(Image: Alamy Live News.)

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