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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.


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.


Breaking news: Search for woman missing at sea off coast of Felixstowe

A search and rescue operation is underway after a woman was reported missing at sea off the Suffolk coast.

The Coastguard was called at 13.30 this afternoon to reports that a woman wearing a life jacket was missing at sea about a mile from the coastline.

It's thought the yacht she was in collided with a dredger, one woman was pulled from the water by a rescue boat from the dredger. It was then that she raise the alarm that a second woman was missing.

A search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham has joined the search with multiple vessels.

A number of lifeboats, harbour boats and shoreline rescue teams are searching the area.

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Search for missing person after yacht collision

The yacht collided one mile off Felixstowe, Suffolk. Credit: Google Maps

A search is underway after a person was reported missing from a yacht that collided with a dredger off Felixstowe.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said one person on board the yacht was pulled to safety, with one other unaccounted for.

The Felixstowe Costguard Rescue team, two lifeboats, two pilot boats, a dive boat, a search and rescue helicopter and a number of other vessels are engaged in the search effort at present.

Police ask for help to find missing woman

Sharon Diaper Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a 53-year-old woman who has gone missing.

Sharon Diaper, also known as Sharon Eric, was last seen at an address in Kiln Field in Felixstowe just after 5pm yesterday, Saturday 26 April, and left the property at sometime between 5.15pm and 7.30pm.

She left behind a note which has caused concern for her, and police were alerted shortly after 8.30pm. Officers have been searching for her in the Felixstowe area, using the police helicopter.

Ms Diaper is described as white, around 5ft 1inch tall, of medium to heavy build, with shoulder length dark brown hair and blue eyes. She has a knee injury, is likely to have noticeable difficulty walking and may be using a crutch.

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