BREAKING: Sussex lifeboats join major sea search for overboard fisherman

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Sussex lifeboat crews have joined a major sea search this afternoon (June 9) after a fisherman was reported to have gone overboard.

Crews from Eastbourne, Newhaven and Shoreham are taking part in the search.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard agency said: “At about 12.40pm today UK and French coastguards received a mayday call reporting that a person had fallen overboard from a vessel in French waters, 30 miles south of Newhaven.

“The UK coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd and RNLI all weather lifeboats have been sent to the location.

“A mayday relay has been broadcast by the coastguard requesting assistance with the search and two vessels are currently making their way to the area.

“The search is ongoing.”

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