TRAWLER TRAGEDY: Captain dead, two survivors released from hospital

Ocean Way. Picture by Davie Tait
Ocean Way. Picture by Davie Tait

The man who died in a trawler tragedy off the Northumberland coast was the captain of the vessel, it has been confirmed.

The Ocean Way, which had five people on board, went missing yesterday. It sparked a massive search during the afternoon and evening involving helicopters, including from RAF Boulmer, and merchant ships.

Northumberland Gazette latest

Northumberland Gazette latest

The boat was last heard from about 100 miles east of the Farne Islands.

The body of the skipper, aged 45, was recovered. Two men, both crew members, are still missing. They are aged 32 and 28, but the search for them was called off last night and has since ended.

Two survivors, men aged 38 and 28, were taken to Wansbeck General Hospital suffering from hypothermia and have been released following treatment.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is investigating. Northumbria Police is checking with the family before releasing details of the deceased.

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