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Channel search for missing boat

Rescue teams are searching the Channel after a fishing boat with four crew on board went missing in "very challenging" weather.

The Dover Coastguard was alerted this afternoon after the vessel went missing in rough seas and gale-force winds.

A Coastguard Rescue helicopter is searching an area in the south east of the Channel, while two all-weather lifeboats from Dungeness and Dover are also in the area.

A French search and rescue helicopter has also been drafted in to support the search effort, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

The Coastguard has notified other vessels in the surrounding area to remain vigilant. It warned that "weather conditions on scene are very challenging, with rough seas and gale force winds".

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