Search for missing fishermen suspended overnight

(Last Updated On: November 21, 2020)

The search for two missing fishermen is to be suspended overnight.

The search for the crew of the Joanna C began around 6am this morning, Saturday 21st November after the fishing vessel sank off Newhaven.

One person was recovered conscious from the sea by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat and was taken to hospital. Two men are still missing.

The search is to be suspended at 11pm tonight, with a search at first light planned tomorrow.

Chris Thomas, Deputy Director of HM Coastguard said “HM Coastguard’s National Maritime Operations Centre has coordinated a major rescue effort today, 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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