Search continues for fisherman who fell overboard off Yorkshire coast

Fishing boats have joined lifeboats and a helicopter in the search for a fisherman lost overboard off the East Yorkshire coast on Friday.

The Humber lifeboat in training earlier this year
The Humber lifeboat in training earlier this year

The alarm was raised just after 11am on Friday by a fisherman who rang 999 to say his friend had fallen overboard after their vessel had broken down a mile off Tunstall in Holderness.

He tried to help by throwing a lifering into the sea and also deploying a flare.

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Humberside Coastguard Rescue Helicopter was scrambled alongside Withernsea and Humber RNLI Lifeboats, Withernsea and Hornsea Coastguard Rescue Teams and Hornsea Inshore Rescue Boat.

A number of nearby fishing vessels are also searching the area after responding to a Mayday Relay broadcast by HM Coastguard.

The helicopter has now stood down but the other vessels are continuing to search.

Kaimes Beasley, Duty Controller for HM Coastguard said: “This is an extensive search that is still ongoing. We have a number of rescue assets and local vessels assisting in the search operation and the search conditions are favourable.”