Search for missing fishermen called off after boat sank near UK coast

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A search and rescue effort for two missing fisherman whose boat sank off the coast of Sussex has been call off.

HM Coastguard confirmed they received an alert from the emergency beacon of a fishing vessel called Joanna C on Saturday November 21.

Two RNLI lifeboats and a helicopter were out to the vessel at around 6am, and one man was found clinging to a lifebuoy.

He was pulled from the water and sent to hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

Authorities continued the search for the two other crew members throughout the day, but efforts were called off at around 11pm.

In a statement on November 22, HM Coastguard said a search and rescue operation have now been "terminated" as "nothing further has been found."

HM Coastguard said: "The search has terminated at 3pm.

"Sadly nothing further has been found."

The Joanna C was a 45ft scalloping vessel registered in Brixham, its last known location was three nautical miles off the coast of Seaford, near Newhaven.

Eastbourne and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams also conducted a shoreline search around Beachy Head.

It is understood as many as 14 vessels combed the waters where the boat was last seen, while helicopters scrambled for the initial phase of the search.

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Chris Thomas, deputy director of HM Coastguard, said on Saturday: "HM Coastguard's National Maritime Operations Centre has coordinated a major rescue effort, with many units searching tirelessly since first light and finding one casualty who has been recovered safely to hospital.

"Sadly, two other crewmen have not yet been found and all our thoughts are with their families and friends.

""It is testament to the local maritime community that HM Coastguard were so admirably supported throughout the day by nearby vessels and the local fishing communities who joined us in force and made strenuous efforts to locate their colleagues during the search.

"At one point, Coastguard coordinators described tracking 14 vessels covering the search plan area including the two RNLI all weather lifeboats at sea."

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