Fisherman dies after Coastguard helicopter scrambled to man overboard off UK

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A fisherman has died after he's believed to have fallen from a boat into the water off the east coast of Scotland.

The 64-year-old man was reported missing at around 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon after an empty creel boat was found a mile north-east of Torness, East Lothian.

A major search was launched involving a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, two lifeboats from Dunbar, one from St Abbs and various local fishing vessels.

A Coastguard spokesman said the helicopter crew had winched the man from the water at around 5:50pm and then attempted to resuscitate him as they flew to hospital.

Tragically the man could not be revived and he was pronounced dead at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The circumstances of his death are not believed to be suspicious, police told media on Monday.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Around 6:05pm on Sunday, 2 May, 2021, police were called to a report of a man having fallen into the sea from a fishing vessel near Torness.

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"Emergency services attended and a 64-year-old man was recovered from the sea.

"He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was pronounced dead.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

The Dunbar all-weather lifeboat crew safely recovered the boat and towed it to the town's harbour.

A Dunbar Lifeboat spokesman said: "Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the person involved.

"We would also like to thank the fishing vessels who helped enormously with the search operation."

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