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Body found in search for missing woman off the coast of Felixstowe

A body has been found off the coast of Felixstowe. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A body has been found off the coast of Felixstowe during the search for a missing woman whose yacht collided with a dredger over the weekend.

This afternoon, the coastguard admitted hopes of finding the sailor alive had faded and Norfolk Fire Service's diving team was brought in to scour the water.

They found the body at about 5pm today five nautical miles out to sea.

This evening, police confirmed it was believed to be that of the missing woman. Her family have been informed.

She was one of two people on board the yacht when it crashed and sank on Sunday.

A man and a dog were rescued by lifeboat crews that afternoon.A second dog, believe to have also been on the yacht, has not been found.

Formal identification has yet to take place and a post mortem examination will be carried out some time over the next few days.

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Helicopter joins hunt for missing woman

A rescue helicopter and coastguard vessels joined in the search for a missing woman from a yacht after it collided with a dredger off Suffolk.

The Thames Coastguard was called to the scene around a mile from the seaside town of Felixstowe.

Further rescue resources have joined in the search again, including a coastguard search and rescue helicopter and two lifeboats - one from Harwich and the other from Walton.

– A spokesman for Thames Coastguard

Search continues for missing sailor

The search has resumed for a sailor who is missing off the Suffolk coast.

The woman was one of two people on board the vessel which sank minutes after colliding with a dredger a mile off Felixstowe yesterday lunchtime.

A man was rescued but lifeboat and helicopter crews failed to find the woman or two dogs who were also reportedly missing.

The search continued overnight and is continuing this morning.

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Search for woman missing at sea to continue overnight

A air-sea rescue is taking place for a missing woman off the Suffolk coast at Felixstowe. Credit: Chris Warner / ITV News Anglia

The search for a women missing at sea after a yacht collided with a dredger off Felixstowe in Suffolk is to continue into the night.

One man was rescued when the yacht sank at 1.30pm on Sunday. The woman on board the yacht is unaccounted for.

Three lifeboats and a number of other vessels along with the RAF rescue helicopter from Wattisham are still searching the area.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency says the search will continue during the evening and at least one lifeboat will remain on the scene to search throughout the night.

Yacht sank shortly after impact with dredger

Yacht in collided with a dredger one mile off the Suffolk coast Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency say the yacht which collided with a dredger off the coast of Felixstowe sank shortly after impact.

It's now known that a man was pulled from the water and a woman is still missing. The man who was rescued has been taken to hospital to be checked over.

The Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team, three lifeboats (two from Harwich and one from Walton) along with two pilot boats, a dive boat, the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham along with a number of vessels in the area are involved in the search.

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