Search called off for missing fisherman off Sussex coast

Eastbourne Lifeboat back after a service lasting over 12 hours. Photo courtesy of Eastbourne RNLI

Eastbourne Lifeboat back after a service lasting over 12 hours. Photo courtesy of Eastbourne RNLI

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The search to find a missing fisherman off the coast of Sussex was called off after more than 12 hours looking for him.

Coastguards and lifeboats from across the county joined the search for the fisherman who had fallen off a commercial boat 30 nautical miles from Newhaven at around 12.40pm yesterday (Thursday, June 9).

But it was called off at 9pm last night due to the fading light.

An Eastbourne Lifeboat spokesman said: “Using computer generated models which calculate the effects of wind and tide the lifeboats, along with other commercial vessels which had arrived to help, conducted a comprehensive expanding search of the entire area.

“Tragically the man was not found.

“As darkness fell the search was abandoned and the rescue fleet returned to their respective bases.”

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