TWO fishermen are lacking and one has been pulled from the ocean off East Sussex after a ‘scallop conflict’ boat sank early this morning.
Coastguard officers scrambled a search and rescue helicopter after a misery beacon was fired from fishing vessel Joanna C at 6am.
The RNLI are trying to find two fishermen lacking at sea after a ship sank off the coast of East Sussex this morningCredit score: eddie mitchell
Different fish, ping vessels are additionally scouring the water for the crew of Joanna CCredit score: Twitter Sussex_ex
The vessel, pictured in 2018, had a whole overhaul final yr to show it right into a scallop boat able to week-long journeysCredit score: SWNS:South West Information Service
Coastguard crews are additionally looking from the coast for indicators of the lacking males Credit score: eddie mitchell
The Joanna C was beforehand concerned within the scallop wars, a long-standing dispute between Brit and French fishermen that has seen UK vessels surrounded and rammed, whereas flares had been allegedly thrown.
The beacon’s sign put the vessel three nautical miles off the coast of Seaford, close to Newhaven.
In an replace at 10.30am, HM Coastguard stated one man had been rescued from the water by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat and has been transferred to hospital.
He was discovered clinging to a lifebuoy.
However searches proceed for 2 lacking crewmen.
The Joanna C is a 45ft scalloping vessel registered in Brixham, the Coastguard stated, and three folks had been aboard when it sank.
A helicopter crew is looking from the air after a 3rd man was discovered clinging to a buoy Credit score: eddie mitchell
A flare was fired from the stricken vessel at 6amCredit score: eddie mitchell
The boat had beforehand been concerned within the ‘scallop wars’ between British and French fishermanCredit score: Rex Options
The Marine Visitors Map reveals a variety of vessels concerned within the search
In September 2019, Fishing News reported that the boat had just lately been overhauled throughout a nine-month programme of labor.
The rebuild remodeled the vessel right into a scalloper able to week-long fishing journeys.
A coastguard rescue staff are checking for sightings of the lacking males from the shore.
One other fishing vessel near the realm can also be serving to with the search.
HM Coastguard controller Piers Stanbury stated: “Fortunately, one of many three folks on board on the time of sinking has been pulled out of the water and delivered to shore by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat.
“Nevertheless, the intensive air and sea seek for the 2 lacking crew continues.
“Particles has been positioned near the situation of the alert location however no life raft has been discovered as but.”
Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, known as the information “heartbreaking”.
The scallop wars broke out in 2012 and 2018 after British craft legally fished for the shellfish at a time when French fishers should not permitted to make catches.