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Erick Maeckelbergh named as fisherman who died after vessel capsized near Margate

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An inquest is due to open into the death of a fisherman who died when the boat he was on capsized.

A major search operation took place on Wednesday after the vessel was found overturned in the sea near Margate.

Belgian Erick Maeckelbergh, 39, has been named as the man who was rescued from the boat but later died in hospital.

The dramatic rescue operation.
The dramatic rescue operation.

Another crew member was rescued and survived, despite the freezing cold temperatures, but sadly, one other has not been found.

On Wednesday when the search was suspended because of poor light, duty controller for the UK Coastguard Kaimes Beasley said: "This has been an extensive and comprehensive search of the area.

"We are standing down the search this evening because of the fading light.

The boat had overturned.
The boat had overturned.

"It is unlikely that the search will resume in the morning, unless we get further information that will help us find the third crew member."

The Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd, two lifeboats from Ramsgate and the Coastguard Rescue Team from Margate were all sent out to search for the men.

A Coastguard spokesman said the search was concentrating around the area 17 miles north east of the North Foreland, off the coast of Margate.

The inquest is due to open next Tuesday at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone.

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