Two crew members are still missing after their fishing boat sank off the coast of East Sussex this morning.
The coastguard has pulled a person from the water but a big search is ongoing for his two crew-mates.
Their boat, the Joanna C, despatched out a misery beacon at round 6am this morning.
A search and rescue helicopter despatched from Kent has been seen circling overhead whereas two RNLI lifeboats from Newhaven and Eastbourne tried to seek out the missing boat.
The beacon’s sign put the vessel three nautical miles off the coast of Seaford, close to Newhaven.
In an replace at 10.30am, HM Coastguard mentioned one man had been rescued from the water by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat and has been transferred to hospital. He was discovered clinging to a lifebuoy.
The Joanna C is a 45ft scalloping vessel registered in Brixham, the Coastguard mentioned, and three individuals have been aboard when it sank. The search continues for the two missing crewmen.
As properly as the RNLI lifeboats, the Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Team is checking for sightings from the shore.
Another fishing vessel near the realm helps with the search, whereas the Coastguard rescue helicopter primarily based within the Solent has been deployed to alleviate the Kent-based plane.
Piers Stanbury, HM Coastguard Controller, mentioned: ‘Thankfully one of many three individuals on board on the time of sinking has been pulled out of the water and dropped at shore by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat but the intensive air and sea seek for the two missing crew continues.
‘Debris has been located close to location of the EPIRB alert location but no life raft has been found as yet.’
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