Man's body found in major search operation after boat sinks in English Channel

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The body of a man has been found during a major search operation after a boat sank in the English Channel.

Around two people are believed to still be missing and a fourth has been rescued after the incident in West Sussex.

A search including lifeboats from Brighton and Shoreham, and two coastguard helicopters, was launched on Sunday morning after the vessel went down off Shoreham.

Other boats in the area are helping with the rescue operation, the Shoreham lifeboat wrote on Twitter.

The rescued man was found in the water by a fishing vessel two miles from the town’s harbour at around 5.50am, the UK Coastguard said.

The 45-year-old, from London, was discovered “clinging to a buoy” west of Shoreham, police said.

A force spokesman said: “It is thought that the boat may have left Brighton Marina around midnight and the incident may have happened a couple of hours later, but the facts are not clear at this time.”

Andy Jenkins, controller with the UK Coastguard, said: “The information we have received says there are potentially three others who are in the water. We are carrying out an extensive search for them.”

He added: “It is believed that he was with three other men on a boat out of Brighton Marina.

“The body of one man has been recovered from the sea and brought ashore by Coastguard helicopter.

“A search of sea and coastline is under way to find any survivors.”

The body of the dead man was found at around 8.15am.

An investigation involving the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been launched.

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