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Search for missing fisherman abandoned

By Staff Reporter

Rescuers have called off the search for a man who went missing at sea after a fishing vessel capsized off the Kent coast.

A passing merchant ship spotted an "upturned hull with a man clinging to it" just after 7.30am yesterday.

The man was airlifted to safety by the Coastguard, before another crew member was rescued from the water, only to die later. The third man remains unaccounted for, authorities confirmed.

The trio's Belgian-registered fishing vessel got into trouble off the Kent coast at about 11pm on Tuesday.

A Coastguard helicopter based at Lydd, along with lifeboats from Ramsgate and Harwich, were involved in the search, which was focused on an area from north-east of Ramsgate to the mid-channel.

Duty controller for the Coastguard Kaimes Beasley said: "This has been an extensive and comprehensive search of the area.

"We are standing down the search this evening because of the fading light.

"It is unlikely that the search will resume in the morning unless we get further information that will help us find the third crew member."

Mr Beasley added that it would be possible to survive in the water for approximately 15 hours.

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