Shoreham boat collision: One dead and two people missing

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Lifeboat crews and coastguard are carrying out searches along the West Sussex coast

One man has died and another two are believed missing after a boat sank in a crash with another vessel off the West Sussex Coast.

A fourth man was rescued after the crash at about 05:50 BST, about two miles off the coast of Shoreham, the RNLI said.

A search is currently being carried out between Worthing pier in the west and Brighton in the east.

The coastguard said the search began after a man was found in the water.

He was rescued by passing fishermen and taken to hospital, the RNLI said.

‘Clinging to a buoy’

Four people were believed to have also been on board a small vessel, a coastguard spokeswoman said.

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RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Brighton are involved in the search for the missing crew members

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One man’s body was recovered from the sea and brought to shore

BBC South East reporter Simon Jones said it was believed the four men had been on a small boat fishing when the crash happened.

“The one man who was rescued was found clinging to a buoy,” he said.

“It is thought he’d been in the water for several hours.”

It is believed the four men were on a boat out of Brighton Marina.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “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.”

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