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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.


Man's body found washed up on Felixstowe beach

A body has been found washed up on the beach at Felixstowe.

Police were contacted just after 12.30pm to reports of a body on the beach near Buregate Road.

The body is thought to have been in the water for some time.

The body is believed to be that of a man.

Police are making efforts to identify him and have found a quantity of Euro currency on the body.

Suffolk Police are liaising with their Essex counterparts following the find.

Five million cigarettes seized at Port of Felixstowe

Felixstowe Port, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

Border force officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle five million cigarettes into the UK through the Port of Felixstowe.

Officials found the shipment on Wednesday night after investigating a trailer which had arrived at the port from the Netherlands.

If the smuggling attempt had been successful, it would have cost the Treasury around a million pounds in unpaid excise duty.

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