Lifeboat crews and coastguard are carrying out searches along the West Sussex coast
Three crew members are missing after two boats collided and one sank off the West Sussex coast. It is understood that a major sea and land search is taking place.
The boats collided about two miles off the coast of Shoreham. A fourth person was rescued and taken to hospital. The three missing are thought to be Romania.
The RNLI is carrying out searches between Worthing pier in the west and Brighton in the east.
The coastguard said the search began after a man was found in the water about two miles off shore just before 6am.
HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent, together with coastguard rescue teams from Shoreham and Littlehampton and RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Brighton as well as several other local vessels are involved in the search.
Other people believed to have also been on board a small vessel may be in the water, a coastguard spokeswoman said.
The rescued man was discovered by a fishing boat.
Andy Jenkins, controller with the UK Coastguard, said: “The information we have received says there are potentially three others who are in the water. We are carrying out an extensive search for them.”