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Hunt for English Channel crash pilot abandoned

Rescuers have decided not to resume a search for the missing pilot of a light aircraft that crashed in the English Channel, coastguards said.

An air and sea search was mobilised by British and French rescuers after the American-registered single-engine plane, with one person on board, came down in the middle of the Channel yesterday afternoon, about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent.

The aircraft came down off the coast of Dungeness, marked A. Credit: Google Maps

Wreckage was later found by the French search and rescue helicopter, and last night teams worked against the clock to try to find the missing pilot before suspending the search after light faded.

"Having taken the advice of the RAF as well as the French rescue authorities, we have decided that we won't be resuming the search," a spokesman for Dover Coastguard said today.


Search continues for missing pilot in English Channel

We had reports that an aircraft was overdue. It was heading from London to Le Touquet. It was an American-registered aircraft with one person on board. The search has been involving a French helicopter and it has been searching for two hours.That will have to return shortly and that will be replaced by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk.

The Dungeness lifeboat is en route and we believe the Calais lifeboat is also involved. The search is ongoing at the moment to find the pilot. We still have about six hours of daylight left.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson

Crash aircraft was heading to Le Touquet

British and French emergency teams are responding to reports a light aircraft has crashed into the English Channel.The American-registered plane carrying one person on board came down about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent at around 2.30pm.

The aircraft is understood to have come down off the coast of Dungeness, marked A. Credit: Google Maps

A cross-Channel search and rescue operation has been launched involving both English and French teams, including a French helicopter and the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat.

The alarm was raised after the single-engine light aircraft, which was heading from London to Le Touquet, was overdue, a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said

Report: Aircraft down in water off Kent coast

Dungeness Lifeboat Station is responding to reports of a small light aircraft, which is believed to have gone down in water off the coast of Dungeness, Kent.

Coach: Susan died from 'total fatigue' in Channel swim

The coach who was with Susan Taylor when she died swimming the Channel, said that "total fatigue" was the cause.

She had been swimming for more than 16 hours, covering 30 miles, when she collapsed in the water.

Donations to the charities for which she was fundraising have passed £60,000.

ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:


Channel swimmer's brother offers moving tribute

Susan Taylor's brother David Wright offered a moving tribute to his sister saying that he hoped her dedication would inspire others.

"We hope that Susan's dedication to promote these very important charities will encourage others to look beyond themselves and continue what she held so dear," he said.

Donations for Channel swimmer charities hit £59,000

Susan Taylor has now raised more than £59,000 for Diabetes UK and Rainbows children's hospice Credit: Virgin Money

The charity donations for Susan Taylor, a swimmer who died while attempting to cross the English Channel, are now over £59,600.

Mrs Taylor was raising funds for Rainbows Children's Hospice and Diabetes UK.

Coach: Susan was a giver, helping her was a no-brainer

As he held back the tears, Susan Taylor's coach said she was a "natural giver", adding that the decision to help her had been a "no-brainer".

Her commitment to her training meant that she had put on hold her career as an accountant so that she could give, because this was what Susan was really about.

She was a natural giver. So when Susan approached me two years ago and asked me if I would be so kind as to help her on her journey - she told me that she was swimming for charity, the Rainbows Hospice charity based in Loughborough, my home town.

Having taught children with severe learning disabilities myself for a short time, the answer was a no-brainer.

– Susan Taylor's coach
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