The U.K. Coastguard is currently coordinating the search for a vessel which may be in distress and taking on water somewhere in the Newhaven area, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported
The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lee on Solent, Newhaven RNLI Lifeboat and Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team are all searching for signs of the missing vessel and are being supported by Newhaven NCI. The Coastguard has also broadcast a message requesting further information from all shipping.
Jonathan Mustard, Maritime Operations Specialist for U.K. Coastguard said, “We received a broken message via VHF radio this afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. that a vessel needed assistance because it had a hole in its side and was taking water. Since that time we have had no further communication with the vessel.
Mustard said, “If members of the public think that they may have further information about the vessel involved they should contact the Coastguard on 02392 552100.”