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Crews search sea for man who fell from tanker

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A man fell from a tanker off the coast of Margate

A body has been found by rescue crews searching for a man who fell from a fuel tanker off the coast of Kent.

A coastguard helicopter, a Royal Navy warship and RNLI lifeboats had joined the operation around Margate Harbour.

Authorities were alerted at 05:40 GMT to reports the man had gone overboard from a liquid petroleum gas tanker that was anchored off the harbour overnight.

A body was found in the water at about 13:00 after a seven-hour search in “very rough seas”, the coastguard said.

HMS Westminster had joined the search in response to the coastguard’s call for assistance to all vessels in the area.

Lifeboats were looking up to 8 miles (13km) out to sea, while coastguard crews searched the shoreline.

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Two RNLI lifeboats joined the search

It is thought a crew member was reported missing from the tanker B Gas Margrethe, according to The Isle of Thanet News.

The ship’s owners have been contacted for comment.

Storm Dennis is due to bring rain and gales across the south-east of England, with yellow weather warnings in place for wind and rain.

Harsher conditions are expected across Kent and Sussex on Sunday, with an amber rain warning in place, according to the Met Office.

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