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."
A Bulgarian man - bizarrely armed with a map of Southampton - had to be rescued after trying to sail from Dorset to America in a 14ft dinghy.
The 30-year-old would-be sailor had to be dragged from his vessel by a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew after being told he would die if he carried on.
All the amateur had on board with him was a bag of biscuits, beans and hot dogs.
One of his rescuers Pete Dadds, 41, said: "He didn't have a life jacket, just a buoyancy aid, and the vessel didn't have any lights. We said 'if we leave you, you will die'."
When the man was brought back ashore he had to be cuddled as he was suffering from the first signs of hypothermia.
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The number of people who died along Britain's coast in 2013 was the highest in four years, the RNLI said as it launches a campaign calling on people to Respect the Water.
Figures show that 167 people died in water-related accidents and a further 368 were rescued by lifeguard crews after getting into difficulties.
Cold water shock, rip currents and fatigue were common factors in contributing to accidents at the coast while alcohol played a part in 28 deaths last year.
As the temperature continues to soar RNLI coastal safety manager Ross Macleod called for people to stay safe around the water.
"We really feel that that number is too high and we need to do something about it," he said.
The campaign will be launched in Brighton today by England rugby player James Haskell who said: "This is about being smart and safe when you are there."
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Two RNLI lifeboats based at Scarborough have been "temporarily stood down" after a search for a missing man on the North Yorkshire coast.
The search for a missing angler off the North Yorkshire coast is continuing. A helicopter was previously deployed to help search the cliffs near Burniston.
A lifeboat and helicopter have been deployed to search for a missing angler near Burniston, just north of Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
A spokesman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has confirmed that an aircraft accident occurred in the Cley area of North Norfolk this evening after reports of an air crash in the area.
Three lifeboats were deployed to the scene and have now returned to the RNLI base.
No further details were given on how many passengers were in the aircraft or on their condition.
More windy weather is forecast – take care on the coast and avoid places where big waves could sweep you off your feet.