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Boat identified in Shoreham maritime collision investigation

Police and marine accident investigators have named the boat believed to have collided with a smaller one off Shoreham in the early hours of Sunday morning (August 6).

The vessel is the scallop dredging boat, Vertrouwen, which left Shoreham around the time of the incident bound for Grimsby. Police are now in touch with the owners, MacDuff Shellfish Ltd, who are co-operating fully with the investigation.

A small boat had left Shoreham Harbour around midnight with four pleasure fisherman on board. It is now known that the collision occurred around 12.30am and the boat was lost without raising a distress call. One man was rescued by commercial fisherman after clinging to a buoy for more than five hours and another man’s body was recovered by an HM Coastguard helicopter on Sunday morning.

Two other men who were on board the boat are still missing.

The man who died has been formally named by police as 50-year-old Traiam Dumitrache (pictured), a Romanian national from London.