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Shoreham: More images of coach depot fire

People living near Upper Beeding have praised the fire service for their quick response to a blaze which ripped through a coach depot overnight.

19 vehicles were destroyed in the blaze at the Shoreham Cement Works.

Thankfully no one was injured.

Photographer Edie Mitchell took these images of the intense fire, which has now been brought under control.

The cause of the blaze, which also destroyed several portacabins, is being investigated.

Families gather to mark two years since Shoreham tragedy

Families of some of the 11 men killed during the Shoreham airshow disaster gathered close to the scene today - two years on from their deaths.

They held a two-minute silence before a private service at a local church. Relatives say many questions about what happened that day remain unanswered. Andy Dickenson reports.

Did dredger collide with Shoreham fishing boat?

A public appeal has been launched to help the families of the fishermen who were lost when their boat collided with a much larger vessel off the coast of Sussex.

Marine accident investigators believe the bigger ship was a scallop dredger which left Shoreham Harbour the same night.

Only one of the four fishermen is thought to have survived. Police have now formally identified a body recovered from the sea, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Boat involved in collision off Sussex coast identified

A search began after the boat sunk on Sunday Credit: ITV Meridian

A vessel which is believed to have collided with a fishing boat off the coast of Shoreham on Sunday morning, causing the smaller boat to sink, has been identified.

The body of one fisherman has been found, two others are missing and a fourth fisherman was recovered alive.

He had been clinging to a buoy for more than five hours.

Traiam Dumitrache died after the collision on Sunday Credit: Sussex Police

The man who died has been formally identified as 50 year old Traiam Dumitrache, a Romanian national from London.

Police say they are in touch with the owners of the scallop dredging boat, Vertrouwen.

The owners, MacDuff Shellfish Ltd, are co-operating with the operation.

The vessel left Shoreham around the same time of the incident at the weekend bound for Grimsby.


Family and friends pay tribute to missing fisherman

A fisherman from Sussex, feared drowned, has been described as a hard-working and kind family man with a passion for fishing.

Father-of-four Mitch Ilie from Brighton is one of two men still missing after it's believed their boat was struck by a larger vessel off the coast of Shoreham on Sunday morning.

A third man survived, the body of a fourth has been recovered.

Today, friends of Mitch have been describing the tragic events of that night, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Three feared dead after boats collide off Sussex coast

Two men are still missing, presumed dead, after a fishing boat sank off the coast of Sussex.

A huge search was launched after one man was found clinging to a buoy two miles west of Shoreham in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It's thought the boat with four men aboard left Shoreham Harbour around midnight. The body of one man has been recovered.

Investigators are tonight looking into reports the boat may have been hit by a larger vessel before sinking, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

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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