Search for missing trawler crew

Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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A search has been launched for the missing skipper and crew of a fishing trawler off the north-east coast.

The Humber Coastguard said the vessel was last heard from about 100 miles east of the Farne Islands.

It began transmitting an emergency beacon earlier today and since then attempts have been made to contact the skipper.

An RAF rescue helicopter has been dispatched to the scene and so far two of the five people missing have been found and winched to safety.

Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard watch manager said: “We will continue searching as long as necessary. We still have the benefit of daylight and fairly favourable weather conditions for searching.”

The vessel, called Ocean Way, is believed to be registered in Fraserburgh in the north east of Scotland.

It transmitted an emergency beacon sparking the coastguard rescue effort.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a n RAF helicopter winched two people to safety who were found in the water.

A Norwegian rescue helicopter has also been sent to the scene to aid in the search and allow the RAF helicopter to return to land.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said later that another of the crew had been recovered but efforts were continuing to find the remaining two.

All three of those rescued have been taken to hospital, she added.

Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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