Missing North Tyneside fisherman identified

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A missing teenage fisherman who was on board a trawler which was in collision with a passenger ferry in the North Sea has been named.

Daniel McNeil, of Tynemouth, was on the Homeland prawn trawler with his 20-year-old brother when it collided with the Scottish Viking ferry.

It happened off the coast of St Abbs in Eyemouth, Berwickshire, on Thursday night.

The elder brother was pulled from the water by another fishing boat.

More than 20 fishing vessels and lifeboats were involved in a massive search and rescue operation.

But the Coastguard called off the search for Mr McNeil, of Millfield Grove, on Friday.

It is not known if the teenager was wearing a life jacket, though some were found at the scene.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "The official search for Daniel has been called off, however, it is understood family members and local fishermen are continuing the search."

A DFDS Seaways spokesman said: "We are deeply concerned about this and there will now follow an investigation by the authorities which we will fully assist with."

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) spokesman said: "We are conducting a preliminary examination at the moment."

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