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

Police have responded to the incident

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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.

He has been transferred to hospital.

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

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."

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