Dover: Search Called Off For Missing Trawler

The latest on the search for a Belgian registered trawler reported missing in the Channel off Dover on Wednesday afternoon.

Update at 2pm Sunday

The search for a trawler that vanished in the English Channel has been called off.

The Belgian-flagged vessel disappeared in rough seas in the Dover Strait on Wednesday.

It was carrying four crew, two bodies have been found.


Update at 6.30pm Thursday

Two bodies have been recovered by rescue teams searching in the English Channel for a Belgian-flagged trawler missing with four people on board, the RNLI has confirmed.

A major air-sea operation resumed at 10am today for the 130ft (40m) fishing boat after it disappeared in the Dover Strait yesterday afternoon.

RNLI lifeboat crews were sent to investigate debris spotted by an aircraft on the French side of the Channel north-west of Boulogne.

Two bodies have now been recovered and the search operation has been suspended as darkness has fallen in the Strait, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

An RNLI spokesman said: "Three RNLI lifeboats have been out participating in the search today and we are aware that two bodies have been recovered.

"The search has now been suspended as darkness has fallen. However, this is still an ongoing and sensitive operation.''

Dutch and Belgian fishing boats deployed in the area where the vessel went missing in the hope of finding some trace.


This was the latest at 2.30 on Thursday afternoon

A major air-sea operation resumed at 10am this morning for the 130ft-long, Belgian-flagged boat after it disappeared yesterday afternoon.

The RNLI said that an aircraft involved in the search has found possible debris on the French side of the Channel north-west of Boulogne.

An RNLI spokesman said: "We understand that an aircraft involved in the search has identified some possible debris.

"Dungeness and Dover RNLI lifeboats are making their way to the scene to help investigate from the water to a location on the French side of the Channel, north-west of Boulogne.''

The RNLI said later that lifeboats from Dungeness, Dover and Hastings were at the scene, and it is believed debris was being recovered.

A spokesman for the charity said it could not be confirmed yet whether it is that of the missing trawler.

It is understood the lifeboats will be stood down at nightfall, with the possibility of resuming their operation at first light tomorrow.

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