MCA: Search for fisherman from sunken fishing vessel –

MCA: Search for fisherman from sunken fishing vessel Published:  11 October, 2007

A MAJOR search is underway off the East coast for the skipper of a sunken fishing vessel after three survivors are rescued.

At 2.14pm Falmouth Coastguard picked up a 406 EPIRB distress alert from a fishing vessel called Flourish. Humber Coastguard attempted to contact the fishing vessel without success.

Other fishing vessels in the area responded to Humber Coastguard’s broadcast to shipping and reported sighting the Flourish 30 minutes earlier, four miles North East of the Rough Gas field, which is 28 miles South East of Flamborough Head.

At 2.27pm Humber Coastguard received a call from a vessel called the Nautica reporting that they had picked up three of the crew who were safely on board, but the skipper was missing after a collision between the two vessels.

A major air and sea search is underway involving the RFA Rosalie, RMAS Newton, three helicopters, and nine fast response craft, Centrica Pride, Humber RNLI All Weather lifeboat and fishing vessels.

The Flourish was reported to be heading into Bridlington. Conditions at the scene are light winds and good visibility.

Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat is on its way to the scene bring the three survivors back to shore. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.