After the sinking of the ” Joanna C ” fishing vessel off Newhaven early on Saturday morning, the search for the remaining two fishermen has now been called off.
An extensive search involving both the Newhaven and Eastbourne lifeboats, several fishing vessels and a helicopter failed to find the missing men both on Saturday and Sunday.
One survivor was picked up by the coastguard in Saturday and airlifted to hospital by Air Ambulance.
The Newhaven Fishing Community are absolutely devastated at this tragedy happening to one of their own and collections have already started for the affected families
Chris Thomas, Deputy Director of HM Coastguard said: “HM Coastguard’s National Maritime Operations Centre has coordinated a major rescue effort today (Saturday, November 21), with many units searching tirelessly since first light and finding one casualty who has been recovered safely to hospital.
“Sadly two other crewmen have not yet been found and all our thoughts are with their families and friends. It is testament to the local maritime community that HM Coastguard were so admirably supported throughout the day by nearby vessels and the local fishing communities who joined us in force and made strenuous efforts to locate their colleagues during the search. At one point, Coastguard coordinators described tracking 14 vessels covering the search plan area including the two RNLI all weather lifeboats at sea.”