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 joined the operation around Margate Harbour. Authorities were alerted at 05:40 on the morning of Saturday February 15th that a man had gone overboard from an LPG 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 what were descried as very rough seas.
Storm Dennis, which impacted much of the UK with strong winds and heavy rain over the weekend, had not yet hit Margate at the time the man was reported missing.
It was reported locally that the crew member fell from the tanker B Gas Margrethe (IMO 9346407). 2006-built, Malta-flagged, 4,254 gt B Gas Margrethe is owned by Bergshav Shipping Ltd care of manager B-Gas AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. ISM manager is V Ships Ltd of Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Bergshav Shipping Ltd.