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Norfolk dive team finds woman’s body in yacht after collision off Felixstowe

08:34 10 June 2014

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Investigators have begun the task of trying to work out how a yacht and a dredger collided in near-perfect sailing conditions off the Suffolk coast.

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Officers from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), working with the agencies involved in the search and rescue operation, are carrying out the inquiry – although it could be months before its full findings are published.

Specialist divers from the Norfolk Fire Service recovered the body of a woman from the sunken wreckage of the yacht Orca, around five nautical miles from Felixstowe.

She has been named as Bernadine Ingram, aged 57, from Butley near Woodbridge.

A post-mortem examination is also due to take place tomorrow.

A police spokesman said: “As is usual practice the woman’s death is being treated as unexplained and the coroner has been informed.”

The collision happened on Sunday afternoon when the Orca and the 98-metre dredger Shoreway collided. The yacht sank within five minutes and a man and a dog were pulled from the sea by the crew of the dredger, but the woman and a second dog were reported missing.

Initial findings of the investigation could be released anytime between a few weeks and a couple of months.

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