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Body Found In Search For Missing Fishermen
A body believed to be that of one of three missing fishermen has been found off the coast of Dorset.
A major search operation was launched for a missing vessel, named the Purbeck Isle, and its three crew members, which failed to return from a trip to sea.
The family of the fisherman thought to have been found has been informed, Dorset police said.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the Weymouth-based fishing boat could not be contacted, and attempts were underway to identify an object on the sea bed.
"A coastguard rescue helicopter is currently undertaking a search of the sea area, along with the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat," Fiona Warren, an MCA spokeswoman, said.
"There is an object on the sea bed that has not been charted and the coastguard is working closely with a survey vessel to identify the object.
"It will attempt to provide sonar images of the object in order to ascertain if it is the Purbeck Isle boat," she said.
Dorset police and the Fishermen's Mission continue to support the families involved, she added.
Cindy Rodaway, watch manager at Portland Coastguard, said: "The coastguard helicopter commenced a search from the air of known fishing grounds of this vessel as soon as we were alerted.
"We have also searched utilising the skills of the lifeboat crew and the crews of the Navy warships and the electronic search aids at their disposal."
The search is focussed on the area 10 miles off the coast of Portland Billl, and additional shoreline searches of the coast to the west of Weymouth are also being carried out.
The search was assisted by HMS York, a Type 42 destroyer, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Ruler, and US Navy supply vessel 2nd Lt John P Bobo.
In January last year, the crew of the Purbeck Isle were rescued by a coastguard helicopter because it was taking on water and sinking.
The boat was towed to safety by the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat after the crew were winched to safety.