Medway man missing after falling overboard from tug off Beachy Head
The coastguard rescue
helicopter above was used in the search
The search for a missing Medway man who fell overboard a tug in
stormy conditions has been called off.
The 55-year-old was on board a vessel called Endurance, which
was towing a 60ft motor cruiser from Dover to Brighton.
The tow was lost in the rough conditions and the man tried to
reconnect it when he fell overboard at around 12.30am this
The tragedy occurred off the coast of Eastbourne.
His colleague on board, who is also from Medway and aged 37,
sent out a Mayday call.
Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat began their search for the man
shortly afterwards, and drafted in help from neighbouring
A Coastguard Rescue helicopter also joined the effort, which
went on all night.
Mobile units from HM Coastguard joined the crews at first light
but there was still no trace of the man.
A Eastbourne Lifeboat station spokesman said: “With nothing
found the search was finally abandoned at 09:10am and the tired and
battered volunteer crews returned to their respective stations
having spent almost nine hours at sea.”
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said two crews then
went out and searched the shoreline at around 11am and were stood
down two hours later.
He said: “It [the search] will not resume.”
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