BREAKING NEWS: Torpedo found on fishing boat off Eastbourne

A torpedo has been discovered in the nets of a fishing boat off the coast of Eastbourne this morning (Friday).

Lifeboat crews and coastguards are standing half a mile from the Joanna C fishing vessel which is currently three miles south east of Beachy Head.

The Bomb Disposal Unit is heading out to the boat to assess the situation.

The Joanna C is believed to be a fishing boat based at Shoreham.

The incident is the third that Eastbourne’s lifeboats have been called to this morning.

Volunteer crew members were first called out at 6.22am after a collision between Dutch and French fishing vessels 17 miles off the coast of Eastbourne.

An hour later they were called to look for a Dutch vessel which had lost contact with both French and Dutch authorities but was located.