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Bodies found in search for Belgian fishing boat missing in Channel

The search for the missing trawler has been called off for a second night Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Two bodies have been recovered by rescue teams searching for a Belgian trawler missing since Wednesday in the English Channel.

The RNLI confirmed the discovery after lifeboat crews were sent to investigate debris spotted by an aircraft on the French side of the Channel north-west of Boulogne.

The fishing boat was reported missing with four people on board after it disappeared yesterday afternoon in the Dover Strait. The RNLI has called off the search for a second night after darkness fell on one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

"We are aware that two bodies have been recovered," a RNLI spokesman said. "However, this is still an ongoing and sensitive operation."

Major air-sea search for fishing boat suspended

The Coastguard has said that a major air-sea search in the Channel for a fishing boat with four crew members on board has been suspended with nothing found.

Major air-sea search for fishing boat suspended. Credit: PA

Lifeboat and helicopter crews were stood down early this morning following a thorough search for the vessel which vanished in rough seas and gale-force winds.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the fishing crew members were non-UK nationals but was unable to disclose further details about their boat.

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