HM Coast Guard and local volunteers this morning resumed the search for two fishermen from the Brixham-registered scalloper Joanna C

HM Coast Guard and local volunteers this morning resumed the search for two fishermen from the Brixham-registered scalloper Joanna C

The search resumed this morning for two fishermen missing from the scalloper Joanna C which sunk off the Sussex coast early yesterday.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency had announced last night that the search was suspended overnight for the two missing crewmen from the Brixham based fishing vessel.

HM Coastguard has been involved in coordinating a major search since 6.00am on Saturday for three crew members from the fishing vessel Joanna C which sank off Newhaven.

One person was recovered conscious from the sea on Saturday morning by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat and was transferred to a helicopter. The man recovered was found clinging to a buoy and was taken to immediately to hospital.

A large number of rescue units were mobilised, including Eastbourne and Newhaven RNLI lifeboats, two Coastguard rescue helicopters, the Coastguard fixed wing aircraft and Birling Gap and Beachy Head Coastguard Rescue Teams. Also helping with this search were 12 other vessels including many fishing vessels in the area which responded to the Coastguard broadcasts and have been helping with the search at sea.

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Sadly, the two crew members remain missing and the search was suspended last night at 11pm and the search was scheduled to resume at first light this morning.

On Saturday, Piers Stanbury, HM Coastguard controller, said: “Debris has been located close to location of the EPIRB alert location but no life raft has been found as yet.”

Last night Newhaven RNLI tweeted, “Thank you everyone in the Newhaven community for your incredible support today, on the water, down at the station, feeding the crew. It’s been a tough day. Our thoughts are with the families of the three fishermen of the ‘Joanna C’ tonight.”

Chris Thomas, Deputy Director of HM Coastguard said,

“HM Coastguard’s National Maritime Operations Centre has coordinated a major rescue effort today, with many units searching tirelessly since first light and finding one casualty who has been recovered safely to hospital.

“Sadly, two other crewmen have not yet been found and all our thoughts are with their families and friends. It is testament to the local maritime community that HM Coastguard were so admirably supported throughout the day by nearby vessels and the local fishing communities who joined us in force and made strenuous efforts to locate their colleagues during the search.  At one point, Coastguard coordinators described tracking 14 vessels covering the search plan area including the two RNLI all weather lifeboats at sea.”


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