Tyne & Wear

North Sea fishing captain killed in sinking named as James Noble

Ocean Way Image copyright Davie Tait
Image caption The Ocean Way is registered in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

A man who died when a trawler sank in the North Sea has been named.

The body of captain James Noble, 45, and two other crew who survived, were pulled from the water after the Ocean Way trawler issued a distress signal.

Mr Noble, from Throckley, Newcastle, later died. The rescued men, aged 38 and 28, were taken to hospital with hypothermia and later released.

The vessel, registered in Fraserburgh, was last heard from about 100 miles east of the Farne Islands on Sunday.

The boat is believed to have sailed from North Shields in Tyne and Wear on Saturday.

Helicopters from the UK and Norway were involved in the hunt for the British skipper and four Filipino crew.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) called off a search for the two other sailors on Monday.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is investigating.

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