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Two fishermen go missing at sea after their boat sank off the Sussex coast


Desperate hunt for two fishermen missing at sea after their boat sank off the Sussex coast when a crew member is pulled out of the water alive

  • A Joanna C distress signal was broadcast at 6 a.m. on Saturday
  • The EPIRB sends automatically when a ship sinks and shows its last location
  • A crew member of the Joanna C was found by the RNLI holding onto a buoy
  • The RNLI, the Coast Guard and local fishermen continue their search for the men

One man was pulled out of the water and two are still missing after a fishing boat sank off the East Sussex coast.

HM Coast Guard messed up a search and rescue helicopter after receiving an EPIRB distress signal from the Joanna C fishing vessel at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

The rescue helicopter in Lydd, Kent, was used along with two RNLI lifeboats in Newhaven and Eastbourne to find the missing boat.

The RNLI is involved in a major search and rescue operation after a fishing boat with three crew members sank off the East Sussex coast at 6 a.m.

A distress signal aboard the Joanna C pictured was broadcast this morning three miles from Seaford near Newhaven

A distress signal aboard the Joanna C pictured was broadcast this morning three miles from Seaford near Newhaven

The RNLI confirmed that a man was saved after being held on to a lifebuoy. He was taken to the hospital for treatment

The RNLI confirmed that a man was saved after being held on to a lifebuoy. He was taken to the hospital for treatment

The beacon signal brought the ship three nautical miles off the coast of Seaford, near Newhaven.

In an update at 10:30 a.m., the Coast Guard said a man was rescued from the water by the RNLI lifeboat in Newhaven and taken to hospital.

He was held on to a lifebuoy.

The Joanna C is a 45-foot scallop ship registered at Brixham, the Coast Guard said, and three people were on board when it sank.

The search for the two missing crew members continues.

In addition to the RNLI lifeboats, the rescue team of the Birling Gap Coastguard searches for sightings from the shore.

HM Coastguard units have searched the bank in case the two missing crew members make it ashore

HM Coastguard units have searched the bank in case the two missing crew members make it ashore

Local fishing vessels have also joined in the search for the missing crew members who were aboard the scallop fishing boat that sank at 6 a.m. today

Local fishing vessels have also joined in the search for the missing crew members who were aboard the scallop fishing boat that sank at 6 a.m. today

Several fishing vessels have joined the RNLI in their search near Briling Gap in Sussex

Several fishing vessels have joined the RNLI in their search near Briling Gap in Sussex

Another fishing vessel near the area helps with the search while the Coast Guard rescue helicopter was deployed in the Solent to offload the Kent-based aircraft.

Coast Guard inspector Piers Stanbury said: “Fortunately, one of the three people on board was pulled out of the water at the time of the sinking and taken ashore by the RNLI lifeboat in Newhaven, but the intensive air and sea search for the two was missing Crew members goes on.

"Debris was found near the EPIRB alert site, but no liferaft has been found yet."

The Coast Guard confirmed that debris was found near where the EPIRB distress signal was broadcast. In addition to the RNLI, Coast Guard helicopters have searched the area. So far there has been no evidence of a life raft

The Coast Guard confirmed that debris was found near where the EPIRB distress signal was broadcast. In addition to the RNLI, Coast Guard helicopters have searched the area. So far there has been no evidence of a life raft

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