THE body of a fisherman has been found by a rescue helicopter.

Lifeboat crews from Dunbar and St Abbs joined the helicopter in the search while local fishing vessels also assisted yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for Dunbar Lifeboat said: “Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the person involved.

“We would also like to thank the fishing vessels who helped enormously with the search operation.”

UK Coastguard called on Dunbar’s RNLI volunteers to join the search at about 4.35pm after a vessel was found unmanned about a mile north-east of Torness.

Both the all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats began extensive searches of the area at 5.05pm and were joined by colleagues from St Abbs, as well as the rescue helicopter and local fishing vessels.

The man, who has not been named but is believed to be from Dunbar, was located at about 6pm by the rescue helicopter.

The crew of the ALB recovered the vessel and brought it to Dunbar Harbour, where police began conducting inquiries into the incident.

If you see anyone in trouble on the water, call 999 and ask for UK Coastguard.