Tributes paid to missing Sussex fisherman after major search

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Tributes have been paid to a missing fisherman after a major search operation in the English Channel was stood down last week.

The fisherman, named locally as 39-year-old Darren Brown from Newhaven, has been missing since he fell overboard from the fishing vessel Our Sarah Jane on Thursday, June 9. The search was called off later that night.

Family, friends and the wider community have paid tribute to Mr Brown following the search operation.

In a poem posted on Facebook on Saturday, June 11, his brother Mark Brown said: “So many kind words being said about you, so many people love you and won’t accept that it’s true.

“From Norway to Scotland you sailed around, but always come home to set foot on the ground.

“The sea was your mistress we all know it’s true, we worried about you but it’s just what you do.

“We will keep waiting until you are found. The sea is no match for my Darren Brown.”

Lifeboat crews, the Coastguard helicopter as well as numerous fishing vessels and professional mariners took part in the search before it was stood down. No further searches are expected to take place at this time.

Last week a spokesman for the Coastguard said: “At 9.00pm today (June 9) the UK Coastguard stood down the search for a missing crew member who went overboard from a fishing vessel, 30 miles south of Newhaven.

“A major search and rescue operation has been carried out by UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopters based at Lydd and Lee on Solent, along with Shoreham, Eastbourne and Newhaven RNLI All Weather Lifeboats. A number of other vessels and professional mariners who responded to the Mayday relay broadcast also assisted in the search operation.”

The circumstances of how Mr Brown fell overboard are being investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

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