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Fisherman dies after trawler ordeal

A fisherman rescued after a trawler got into difficulty in the North Sea has died.

A search and rescue operation was launched for skipper and crew of the vessel, called Ocean Way, after it ran into problems 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 skipper is British while the four crew were Filipino, according to reports.

Helicopters from the UK and Norway were involved in the hunt for the British skipper and his four Filipino crew.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: " Three people were recovered from the water this afternoon. Sadly one of these has subsequently died. An RAF search and rescue helicopter is continuing to search for the other two."

A spokeswoman declined to confirm whether the dead person was the skipper or one of the crew.

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 was dispatched to the scene while a Norwegian chopper was also been sent to to aid in the search.

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

The fishing vessel transmitted an emergency beacon sparking the coastguard rescue effort.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a n RAF helicopter initially winched two people to safety who were found in the water. L ater, another member of the crew was recovered.

Scotland's Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead said: "I am very sorry to hear about the loss of the Fraserburgh registered fishing vessel the Ocean Way that has tragically resulted in fatalities.

"This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of the crew. This tragedy will be felt by all fishing communities and is a horrible reminder of the dangers our fishermen face day in day out to bring fish to our tables with many paying the ultimate sacrifice.

"I would like to pay tribute to all the personnel involved in the rescue operation."

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