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Seaford rescue: Man saved and two others missing after fishing boat sinks off East Sussex coast

A man has been rescued at sea and two others are still missing after a fishing boat sank off the coast of East Sussex.

A man was found clinging to a lifebuoy by rescuers after the coastguard received an alert signal from fishing vessel Joanna C at 6am on Saturday.

HM Coastguard sent a search and rescue helicopter from Lydd in Kent, and two RNLI lifeboats based in Newhaven and Eastbourne to locate the missing boat.

The alert from the ship’s emergency beacon put the vessel three nautical miles off the coast of Seaford, near Newhaven.

In an update at 10.30am, HM Coastguard said a man had been rescued from the water by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat and was taken to hospital.

The Joanna C is a 45ft scalloping vessel registered in Brixham, the Coastguard said, and three people were aboard when it sank.

The search continues for the two people who remain missing.

As well as the RNLI lifeboats, the Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Team is checking for sightings from the shore.

Another fishing vessel close to the area is helping with the search, while the Coastguard rescue helicopter based in the Solent has been deployed to relieve the Kent-based aircraft.

HM Coastguard controller Piers Stanbury 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 the location of the EPIRB alert location but no life raft has been found as yet.”

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