Search for two missing fishermen resumes

(Last Updated On: November 22, 2020)

The search for two fishermen, who went missing after fishing vessel ‘Joanna C’ sank off the East Sussex coast yesterday has resumed this morning.

One of the three fishermen who were on board was found clinging to a lifebouy on Saturday morning by RNLI crews and taken to hospital.

The search for the other two men was suspended at 11pm last night, with plans to resume the search at first light.

A huge search effort took place after the Joanna C put out an emergency distress beacon on Saturday at around 6am. The RNLI, coastguards and fishing vessels were involved in the search.

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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