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One dead as pair remain missing in trawler search

By PA Reporter

One person has died after a trawler got into difficulty in the middle of the North Sea, according to reports.

A search and rescue operation was launched for the missing skipper and crew of a fishing trawler, called Ocean Way, which got into difficulties off the Northumberland coast.

The person who died was one of three people winched from the water and airlifted to hospital by RAF helicopters.

Two more crew members are still missing and the search for them continues.

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

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

An RAF rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene and so far two people are still missing.

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

Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard watch manager said: "We will continue searching as long as necessary."

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