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Rescue teams searching for missing trawler recover two bodies from the sea

The Belgian-flagged trawler with four people on board went missing in the Dover Strait yesterday afternoon

Rescue teams searching for missing trawler recover two bodies from the sea

The Morgenstar's crew included two Dutchmen, one Portuguese and one Belgian Credit: marinetraffic.com

Two bodies have been recovered by rescue teams searching in the English Channel for a Belgian-flagged trawler missing with four people on board.

A major air-sea operation was launched for the 130ft fishing boat after it disappeared in the Dover Strait yesterday afternoon. RNLI lifeboat crews were sent to investigate debris spotted by an aircraft on the French side of the Channel north-west of Boulogne.

Two bodies have now been recovered and the search operation has been suspended for the night.

The joint search and rescue operation between Dover coastguard and the French maritime authorities had continued for most of today. Vessels in the area are being asked to remain vigilant and to report any sightings. The RNLI says it's a sensitive and on-going operation.

The Morgenster's last known movements off the South coast Credit: www.marinetraffic.com

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