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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."

Man rescued after trying to sail to America in dinghy

The crew from RNLI Mudeford on their way to rescue the man. Credit: Facebook/RNLI Mudeford

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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