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Sea & air search suspended after boat sinks in English Channel

A major air and sea rescue mission was launched in the English Channel off Sussex after a boat sank. Police have confirmed that a body has been found. One man was taken to hospital. Two others are missing.

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Search for two missing men suspended

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A search for two missing men in the sea in the Shoreham area has been suspended, pending further information.

The UK Coastguard coordinated the search after a man was found in the water just before 6am yesterday approximately 2 miles from Shoreham Harbour.

The five-metre boat left Shoreham Harbour shortly after 12 midnight for a pleasure fishing trip and according to the 45-year-old survivor was struck and sunk around 2am. He was rescued just before 6am after clinging to a buoy for some hours and was picked up by Shoreham Lifeboat. He was taken to hospital where he remained on Sunday evening under observation, but in a stable condition.

The four men, two of which are related, are all Romanian nationals; two are from Brighton and two, including the survivor, are from London. Their family have all been told.

HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent, together with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Shoreham and Littlehampton and RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Brighton plus several other local vessels have all been involved in the search.

Following an extensive search of the area using multiple assets nothing further has been found at this time so the decision has been made to suspend the search pending further information. A review of the incident details will be ongoing through the rest of the day.

– Andy Jenkins, controller with the UK Coastguard

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