Two people have been winched to safety but a further three are still missing after a trawler began transmitting emergency signals in the North Sea, about 100 miles east of the Farne Islands.
The vessel, called Ocean Way, began using its emergency beacon earlier today (2nd November). Since then, Humber Coastguard has been trying to contact the skipper. It has also been broadcasting mayday relay messages, asking other ships to look out for the missing crew.
An RAF rescue helicopter has found two people alive in the water. They have been airlifted to hospital in Northumberland. The Norwegian helicopter Rescue 1 will arrive on scene shortly to relieve the RAF rescue helicopter.
We will continue searching as long as necessary. We still have the benefit of daylight and fairly favourable weather conditions for searching.
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