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Body found in search for seafarer missing from gas carrier off UK

A seven-hour search and rescue operation recovered a body on Saturday believed to be that of a seafarer who went overboard from a gas carrier anchored off Margate, UK during storm Dennis.

UK’s HM Coastguard coordinated an extensive search after a possible man overboard was reported by the gas carrier B Gas Margrethe at 5-41am on 15 February.

The operation, which the coastguard said was carried out in very rough seas, involved a coastguard helicopter from Lydd, a coastguard rescue team from Margate, RNLI lifeboats from Ramsgate and Margate, a Kent police RHIB and a Royal Navy vessel were all involved in the search.

“At around 1pm, after many hours of searching, a body was sadly found in the water by the RNLI Margate lifeboat and was brought to shore,” the coastguard said.

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