Large search and rescue operation launched for missing fisherman

HM Coastguard is currently coordinating a search and rescue operation off the coast of Tunstall for a member of crew missing from a fishing vessel.

Just after 11 am today (5 July) HM Coastguard received a 999 call from a fisherman situated 0.75nm off the village of Tunstall reporting that his friend had fallen overboard after their vessel had broken down. 

His friend tried to assist the crew member by throwing a lifering into the sea and also deploying a flare.

Assets currently assisting with the search include the Humberside Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, Withernsea and Humber RNLI Lifeboats, Withernsea and Hornsea Coastguard Rescue Teams and Hornsea Inshore Rescue Boat.

A number of nearby fishing vessels are also searching the area after responding to the HM Coastguard Mayday Relay broadcast.

Kaimes Beasley, Duty Controller for HM Coastguard said:  “This is an extensive search that is still ongoing.  We have a number of rescue assets and local vessels assisting in the search operation and the search conditions are favourable.”

Update: 18:00 BST The search for the missing man has been terminated, sadly with nothing found.

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