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Devon fisherman missing in Channel collision

 Etoile Des Ondes
The missing Etoile Des Ondes crewman is 21 and from Teignmouth

A Devon man is missing, believed dead, after his fishing boat sank when it was in collision with another vessel in the English Channel on Sunday evening.

Three remaining crew members of the Weymouth-registered Etoile Des Ondes, were rescued and taken to France.

The 15m (50ft) vessel, which sails out Teignmouth, was off the coast of Cherbourg when it was hit.

A police spokesman said relatives of the missing 21-year-old Teignmouth man have been informed.

Mark Clark, from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said three men were rescued from a life raft by a helicopter and taken to a passing passenger ferry.

Sinking investigated

They were later airlifted hospital in Cherbourg, suffering from cuts and bruises.

Speaking about the missing fisherman, Mr Clark said: "He was wearing yellow oil skins, but he was not wearing a life jacket.

"The search went on pretty well most of the night until about four in the morning."

Devon and Cornwall Police said the circumstances of the sinking were being investigated.

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