BIRLING Gap Coastguard Rescue Team is involved in a search for a fishing boat this morning.

At 6am this morning, HM Coastguard received an emergency alert from a scalloping fishing vessel three miles off the Seaford coast, near Newhaven.

HM Coastguard said: “We immediately sent the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd and RNLI all weather lifeboats from both Newhaven and Eastbourne.

“Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Team has been sent to check for sightings from the shore. 

“Another fishing vessel in the area responded to the Coastguard radio broadcasts and is helping with the search. 

“The Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Solent will also join the air search. 

“The fishing vessel is a 45 foot scalloping vessel with three people on board. The search is ongoing.”