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Sussex: One rescued and two missing as fishing boat sinks

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image captionTwo fishermen are missing off the Sussex coast. One other has been rescued after their boat sank.

A man has been rescued and two others remain missing after a fishing boat sank off the Sussex coast.

A search began in the sea off Seaford, near Newhaven, when the coastguard received an alert from the ship's emergency beacon at about 06:00 GMT.

A man was found clinging to a buoy and was taken to hospital.

Two crew members from the boat, the Joanna C, remain missing. The search for them was suspended at 23:00 and will resume at first light on Sunday.

The emergency signal put the 45ft scalloping vessel, registered in Brixham, about three nautical miles off the coast.

Two helicopters and two lifeboats were deployed and a coastguard rescue team has been sent to check for sightings from the shore.

Other fishing boats in the area have also been helping with the search.

Piers Stanbury, HM Coastguard controller, said: "Thankfully one of the three people on board at the time of sinking has been pulled out of the water and brought to shore by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat but the intensive air and sea search for the two missing crew continues.

"Debris has been located close to location of the EPIRB alert location but no life raft has been found as yet."

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  • Seaford
  • Brixham
  • Newhaven