The search for two missing fishermen whose trawler sank in the North Sea was called off on Monday morning

The search for two missing crew from a
sunken fishing trawler was called off on Monday morning after no new
information was procured over the weekend.

Search and rescue crews had been searching
throughout Sunday afternoon and evening but were unable to find any sign of the

Three other crewmembers from Ocean Way were rescued from the water on
Sunday, one dying later in hospital.

The fishing trawler, which sank in the
North Sea, was last heard from 100 miles east of the Farne Islands on Sunday,
when it began transmitting its emergency beacon.

Humber Coastguard were alerted at 11.15am
and tried to contact the skipper of the vessel. They also asked all vessels in
the area to look for the five missing crew.

An RAF helicopter from Leconfield was later
brought to the scene and was able to retrieve three of the crew from the water.

One of the fishermen tragically died on the
way to hospital while the two surviving crew are currently being treated in
Wansbeck hospital in Ashington, Northumberland.

Scotland’s fisheries minister Richard
Lochhead said: “This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the loved
ones and friends of the crew. This tragedy will be felt by all fishing
communities and is a horrible reminder of the dangers our fishermen face.”

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