Search for missing River Trent sailor resumes in Lincolnshire

Search on River Trent The search has taken in a large stretch of the Trent due to the strength of the river current

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A search has resumed for a missing sailor who fell overboard in North Lincolnshire during bad weather.

Attempts to find the 45-year-old man, whose vessel was mooring at Gunness in the River Trent, were abandoned amid heavy storms on Wednesday night.

Coastguard search units and Humber Inshore Lifeboat scoured the area on Thursday morning.

Humberside Police said it also had officers involved with the search overnight and again on Thursday.

The coastguard said a helicopter using heat-seeking infrared technology that had been deployed on Wednesday evening was not needed on Thursday.

The search teams had been hindered overnight by high winds and heavy rain which swept in across the area during the initial search.

Sea Melody The Sea Melody was berthed at Gunness on the River Trent

A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said the crewman, who is believed to be Russian with a wife and child, was thought to have become tangled in ropes.

Watch manager Mike Puplett said: "A crewman from a ship called the Sea Melody which was tied up on the River Trent in North Lincolnshire was working on the upper deck with ropes and wires.

"We understand that while the vessel was moving from one jetty to another he got entangled in the wires and was pulled overboard into the River Trent and disappeared almost immediately from view.

"The helicopter was there within minutes using his infrared camera which looks for heat sources, which is the best bit of equipment you could have really.

"The helicopter searched for quite some time, in fact right to the limit of his fuel before he had to return to base, unfortunately we haven't found anything yet."

The missing crewman is not thought to have been wearing a lifejacket but was wearing high-visibility clothing when he was last seen.

Volunteers from the Humber Rescue, an independent lifeboat based at Hessle on the Humber estuary, sent their rescue boat to the search site to offer assistance on Thursday.

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