Last two Romanians’ bodies found after the collision between two vessels in the English Channel on August 6

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The bodies of two fishermen whose boat sank off Shoreham more than a week ago have been recovered, police have confirmed. Mircea Ilie (left photo), 40, and Irinel Popovici, 41, both from Brighton, were part of a crew of four, the BBC informs.

The sole survivor, a 45-year-old man from London, was found clinging to a buoy at 05:50 BST on 6 August, five hours after the vessel went down.

Romanian Traian Dumitrache, 50, was pronounced dead later that morning.

Mr Ilie, of Elm Grove, and Popovici, of Barcombe Road, were found two and a half miles off Shoreham Harbour at about 07:00 BST on Monday.

A fisherman alerted HM Coastguard to one body in the water. The RNLI Shoreham lifeboat was launched, and as they were returning to shore a second body was spotted in the water just before 08:00.

The boat is thought to have collided with the scallop dredger Vertrouwen, which was bound for Grimsby.

The small boat with the four pleasure fishermen on board left Shoreham Harbour at around midnight. It collided with the larger boat at about 00:30 and sank before a distress call could be made.

A commercial fisherman came across the only survivor, while Mr Dumitrache’s body was recovered by a coastguard helicopter.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) informed on August 6 that four Romanian nationals were aboard a vessel that collided with another vessel in the English Channel. One has died, another one is injured and has been hospitalised and is out of danger, other two are missing.

“According to information delivered by the British authorities, during the night of August 5 to August 6, 2017, a boat having on board a group of four Romanian citizens collided with another vessel. Following the impact, one Romanian citizen has died, one has been hospitalized in Worthing, being out of danger, and other two are gone missing,” MAE informed.

One man has been rescued and taken to hospital after being found in the water by fishermen.  Another survivor was reportedly found washed up on the shore nearby. One of the boats involved was said to have been manned by a Romanian crew.

A Sussex Police spokesman said it was assisting the coastguard “after a man was pulled alive from the sea by fishermen just after dawn on Sunday”.


Photo: Sussex Police

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